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Suspected intoxicated driver caused fatal crash in Texas

In the winter seasons, parts of Texas could experience bad road conditions due to weather. Driving during a storm or inclement weather could be very dangerous. Even if the roads do not appear to be snow covered or icy, wet and slippery conditions could still be present. This makes it especially important for drivers to travel with caution if they must drive. Reducing speed, being extra attentive and keeping a safe distance form vehicles ahead of them could significantly reduce a tragic accident.

A recent fatal accident is still being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The collision involved two vehicles and happened just west of Mineral Wells at around 11:15 p.m. The crash occurred near the intersection of U.S. Highway 180 and Texas State Highway 337. According to preliminary reports, authorities stated that the roads were wet and it was foggy at the time of the accident.

The two vehicles t-boned near the intersection when a driver began to turn onto U.S. Highway 180. Their vehicle was traveling northbound on Keller Road prior to making the turn and colliding with the vehicle traveling eastbound on 180.

Emergency crews responded to the crash and assessed those involved. A passenger in the vehicle that was turning was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were transported to the hospital for treatment of the injuries they suffered. The driver of the vehicle that struck them was arrested for intoxicated manslaughter. If found at fault the driver could face serious criminal and civil penalties.

Those injured could file a personal injury claim. This could allow them to recover compensation that could be used to cover any expenses that resulted from the accident. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death suit. The resulting monetary award could cover expenses such as funeral costs, damages and lost wages.

Being involved in or affected by an accident caused by a negligent driver could significantly impact their lives. The bills could be piling up and those affected might have a cause of action to alleviate these financial hardships.

Source: Mineral Wells Index, "One man dead after weekend crash," Clint Foster, Dec. 24, 2013

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