About 5 miles north of Tahoka, Texas on U.S. Highway 87, an SUV driven
by a 19-year-old woman hit a truck and then crossed the median into oncoming
traffic and collided head-on with an RV, said a Department of Public Safety
trooper. The SUV and the truck had been in the southbound lanes, and the
RV was on the northbound side of the highway.
According to DPS, the SUV landed on its side in a ditch. The RV flipped
and erupted into flames. The fire spread to the SUV. The woman trapped
inside the burning SUV perished along with the man and woman, both age
72, who were traveling in the RV. They were from Alberta, Canada, and
had been in Texas to visit their son in Austin.
The vehicles where the people died were completely destroyed in the fire.
The DPS plans to continue its investigation about the cause of the fatal
Sometimes official investigations of fatal
car accidents assign fault to one or more drivers. Actions like drinking and driving
or texting and driving can be labeled as negligent because the driver
was failing in his or her obligation to drive safely. When a negligent
driver causes a car wreck and someone dies, the victim's surviving
family member might decide to discuss a
wrongful death claim with an attorney. Burial costs and lost income are examples of compensation
typically collected with a wrongful death claim.
An Austin personal injury attorney might be able to identify evidence that
would help the survivor show negligence and collect damages. The preparation
of the lawsuit and negotiations with insurance companies are services
that an attorney could also perform.
Source: everythinglubbock.com, "Three Killed In Highway 87 Head-On Collision,"
April 6, 2015