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1 killed in Texas car accident

An 18-year-old man tragically lost his life on Saturday, April 4 after a two-car accident outside of Edinburg. The Texas Department of Safety is currently investigating the car accident, which injured three other people. Sources say a downed stop sign may have been partially responsible for the crash.

According to safety reports, a red minivan was headed north when it struck a silver sedan at an intersection where the stop sign had been knocked down. Local residents say the sign had been down since the previous night. When troopers and fire fighters responded, they used the Jaws of Life to extract the driver of the sedan and his passenger, who was taken to a local hospital with undisclosed injuries. The minivan driver suffered throat injuries and she, along with her passenger, were taken to the same medical facility. The three injured parties remain in unknown condition, and the driver of the sedan was declared dead.

At this point in the investigation, it is unclear whether any factors other than the downed stop sign were responsible for the crash. The investigation remains ongoing. The Department of Public Safety urges Texas residents to report downed stop signs to local police or to the DPS itself in the interest of maintaining proper safety protocols on major and minor traffic routes.

The lack of the stop sign at the intersection may well have been a contributing factor for the car accident. Regardless, the injured parties and the estate of the deceased victim will likely benefit from gaining an understanding of their rights and responsibilities under Texas personal injury laws. Any forthcoming claim for reimbursement of monetary damages must be based upon evidence that another party negligently caused or contributed to the car accident.

Source: ValleyCentral.com, "Down stop sign leads to fatal auto accident," April 6, 2013

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