When a head-on collision happens in Texas, it’s not uncommon for those involved to suffer from life-threatening injuries. The nature of head-on collisions, especially when they happen at a high rate of speed, can cause serious damage to a vehicle which often means those inside the vehicle will be injured. A recent head-on collision that occurred in Johnson County resulted in multiple injuries and fatalities.
How the accident happened
The crash happened on a Tuesday, north of Fort Worth. A pickup truck was traveling southbound before entering the northbound lane in a no-passing area. The truck struck a minivan head-on, causing significant damage to both vehicles.
The driver of the minivan and five of the passengers, two of whom were children, were killed in the crash. Another passenger, along with two 17-year-olds who were inside the pickup, was critically injured. Police will continue to investigate the accident to determine if charges will be filed. Even if there are no legal repercussions, the 17-year-old driver may face civil action if negligence is determined to be a factor in the crash.
Legal help for accident victims
Losing a loved one in a motor vehicle crash can leave a family with many unanswered questions. Loved ones of accident victims where negligence was a factor may understandably feel anger towards the driver at fault. While it’s up to law enforcement to deal with the legal side of a serious motor vehicle crash, families should be aware that they do have civil rights after a loved one’s untimely death. By speaking with an attorney, Texas families can better understand those rights and determine if they wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver.