Lack of driving experience, distractions and not following Texas driving laws can often lead to teenage drivers being involved in motor vehicle accidents. While many of these accidents are minor, some collisions are serious, leaving drivers and/or passengers with life-threatening injuries. Sadly, a recent accident involving a 17-year-old driver left two children dead.
Events leading up to the accident
The three-car collision happened in the eastbound lanes of US 190 on a Thursday evening. A 17-year-old male was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck in the westbound lanes near Killeen. For unknown reasons, the teen driver did a U-turn into the eastbound lanes of traffic. Authorities believe that the driver may not have yielded to oncoming traffic, which led to a collision with two other vehicles.
One of those vehicles, a Chevrolet Sonic, had two child passengers. Tragically, the 8-year-old and 10-year-old boys were killed in the crash. The driver of the Sonic and the teen driver of the pickup were also injured. There’s no information about the condition of the driver of the third vehicle. Authorities are still investigating the accident and may press charges against the driver or drivers deemed to have been at fault in the crash.
Legal help after a tragedy
When a family loses a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, the financial implications of the loss may not be obvious at first. Texas families are understandably devastated after such a loss, but once the initial grief period is over, they may be left with medical bills, funeral costs and other expenses. A successful wrongful death lawsuit could provide compensation to help families deal with the financial burden of losing a loved one.