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Early morning head-on collision causes 4 deaths

Driving the wrong way on a highway or otherwise ending up in the path of an oncoming car greatly increases the risk of being involved in a devastating crash. In Texas and elsewhere, a head\-on collision all too often results in fatalities. The damage done to the victims always inevitably extends to their families as well.

The families of four people changed forever on a recent Tuesday morning. Around 5:19 a.m., a 45-year-old man and his 38-year-old passenger were traveling north on U.S. 287. At the same time, a 69-year-old man and his 57-year-old passenger were traveling south on the same roadway. Unfortunately, the southbound driver was in the northbound lanes of the highway at the time.

The northbound driver more than likely had no idea that he was about to encounter a wrong-way vehicle. The two cars collided head-on on the dry roadway. Fortunately, these were the only two vehicles involved in the crash. Unfortunately, even though all four of the individuals were properly restrained, they suffered fatal injuries in the impact.

The families of the two victims in the northbound vehicle and the passenger in the southbound vehicle in this head-on collision retain the right to file wrongful death claims against the estate of the wrong-way driver in a Texas civil court. Establishing that the southbound driver's negligence led to the deaths of their family members could result in a court entering an order for monetary damages against the estate. Any damages awarded in a successfully litigated claim could help relieve the financial burdens that often accompany this type of tragedy.

Source: everythinglubbock.com, "DPS: Four Killed in Moore County Traffic Accident Tuesday Morning", Feb. 7, 2017

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