A tragic Texas auto accident claimed the lives of two teenage girls and spurred a call to action beseeching the county to do something about the road. The two girls were students at Lonestar College and were traveling along Roberts Cemetery Road near Nichols Sawmill on Feb. 10 when the collision occurred. Rain slicked roads have been blamed for the car accident.
The teenage driver apparently lost control at the curve of the road and swerved into an oncoming truck. Both vehicles ran off the road, landing in a ravine. The truck driver survived and was taken to the hospital listed in stable condition. Neighbors raced to the scene of the accident to offer assistance, but it was too late to save the girls. Both passed away inside the car.
Neighbors state that there are on average 60 car accidents a year on the road where the teenagers were killed, and there have been several incidents where cars slid off of the road into yards and ditches. Neighbors are requesting that the county post warning signs about the number of fatalities that have occurred at the curve, detail police officers to enforce the speed limit and also improve the condition of the road.
The neighborhood believes the one small sign in the area calling for drivers to slow down is not enough to prevent a future car accident. They were sickened to see the senseless deaths of the two girls and note that even walking on the road after a rainfall can cause people to slip and fall. They hope the county will heed their requests so fatal accidents there will be drastically reduced.
The emotional toll on the surviving families is difficult to imagine. They will likely want to know the details of the accident investigation. While it is too early to conclude who was at fault in the collision, Texas law provides for the right of those injured to pursue personal injury claims for damages against all negligent parties. The same right exists for the surviving family of deceased victims in the form of a wrongful death action. While such a claim cannot bring these young girls back to life, perhaps it will offer the families some measure of justice and also serve as a warning that operators of motor vehicles owe a duty of reasonable care to passengers and others in the roadway.
Source: My Fox Houston, "2 Teen Girls Die in Crash Near Magnolia," Sally MacDonald, Feb. 10, 2012