Driving on the roads can be an especially dangerous proposition when vehicles are trying to move around an existing car accident. A non-fatal car accident turned into a fatal truck accident when a tanker truck driver allegedly hit two people who stopped to help a driver in the original car accident, along with that driver. The driver of the original car had reportedly been heading the wrong-way down a Texas Interstate and struck an SUV.
That woman was allegedly driving southbound along a northbound lane of traffic. Two good Samaritans were in the process of assisting her after the initial accident when the second collision apparently occurred. The tanker truck was supposedly trying to bypass the accident when it struck and fatally wounded all three people.
According to authorities, five occupants in the SUV suffered what were initially characterized as minor injuries. Investigators were reportedly still looking into whether alcohol may have played a role in this accident. Regardless, the tanker truck driver duty to exercise reasonable care was perhaps heightened due to the dangerous conditions caused by the initial accident.
Now, three families will be left to wonder how to proceed without their loved ones. They may look into the possibility of seeking civil action against the tanker driver in this truck accident or any other party whose negligence is determined to have caused or contributed to the fatal collision. Similarly, the five people injured by the wrong way driver who tragically lost her life may find themselves facing medical bills which may necessitate looking into filing personal injury claims as well. The law does provide options for those injured in truck accidents like this one, which can make it a good idea for injured parties to research what their circumstances might permit in the state of Texas.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, "3 die in I-35 wrong-way wreck in South Texas," July 30, 2012