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Wrongful death: Car accident leaves officials with questions

Losing a loved one may be difficult no matter the circumstances, but it can be particularly painful when the person dies because of someone else's negligence. Those left behind may struggle to come to terms with what happened and may even have financial struggles that only add to their anguish. They may need to file a wrongful death civil claim to try to ease that strain. This could be the case in the death of two Texas residents who were in a pickup truck that was hit by a large commercial truck.

Authorities report that the crash happened recently on U.S. Highway 181. A pickup truck was headed north and hauling a utility trailer. Police say that a tractor-trailer traveling south on the same road crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. The big rig apparently struck the smaller vehicle head-on. The driver and passenger in the pickup truck were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer had to be rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries, though officials say those injuries were not life-threatening. Officials are still working to determine precisely what caused the crash. They had to close the road for a few hours and reroute traffic while they conducted their investigation.

If the driver of the semi is found to be at fault for the accident, the families of the victims could pursue a wrongful death claim against him. If such a claim were successful, it could result in a judgment for monetary damages. An attorney here in Texas could advise anyone in a similar situation about the best way to proceed. 

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