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Sisters killed in fatal accident

When a Texas driver does not pay attention while on the road, there is the potential for a catastrophe. The repercussions from causing a fatal accident may not end with a minor penalty. To someone who negligently causes a fatal accident, a judge can pass a sentence of several years in jail and an exorbitant fine.

A woman and her sister were recently killed in an evening accident. A spokesperson for the state's Department of Public Safety said around 7:00 p.m. a red SUV was driving west and veered into the lane of oncoming traffic. The SUV hit a sedan in a head-on collision. The impact killed the sisters, 51 and 57 years of age.

Malfunctioning light may have been cause of fatal accident

Sometimes a collision between two or more vehicles is not the fault of any driver. At those times a fatal accident on the road may happen because certain equipment does not work as intended. That may prove to be the case in a recent fatal accident on a north-to-south Texas highway.

Although a report on the accident did not go into much detail about the accident itself, it did state a vehicle pulling a trailer collided with another vehicle. One driver, a 71-year-old woman, died at the scene of the accident. The other driver was severely injured and had to be taken to a nearby hospital. That person is now listed in stable condition.

Woman convicted and sentenced after causing fatal accident

Despite years of warnings of the consequences of being impaired by drugs or alcohol and attempting to drive, numerous people continue to throw caution to the wind. Many times, this cavalier attitude leads to a fatal accident. A 55-year-old Texas woman has been convicted of murder and intoxication assault after driving in an impaired, drug-addled state and causing a fatal accident.

Information in the woman's recent trial revealed she had three different drugs in her system when she crossed over into oncoming traffic as she was driving on a road just outside her hometown. She hit one motorcycle, but the driver was able to maintain control of his bike. The husband and wife riders of the second motorcycle she hit were not so lucky. They were both seriously injured when their bike was pushed into a ditch. They were taken to a nearby hospital, where the husband died from his injuries just two hours after being hit.

More than one fatal accident caused by allegedly drunk driver

Many Texas roadway deaths are attributed to drinking and driving. A homeless man and a 6-year-old boy were one man's victims after police say he had been drinking before he caused not just one fatal accident, but two. Reportedly, he was actually involved in four accidents in a time period of less than three hours.

Police reports show the driver was ticketed about 3:30 p.m. on a Sunday three years ago after he hit a car in a hospital parking lot, injuring two people in the process. Not long after that, he allegedly hit a homeless man but did not stop to render aid or call for help. Had he done so, he may have avoided the second collision with another car, severely injuring the woman who was driving that car and killing her 6-year-old son. The homeless man also died from his injuries, and police say that parts of the accused man's vehicle, including his license plate, were found at the scene.

Families file wrongful death lawsuit after fatal crash

A loved one is suddenly gone with no chance for one last goodbye or an, "I love you." This is often the case when an accident occurs due to the negligence of someone else. After the initial shock comes the grieving process and at some point, the prospect of taking action with a wrongful death lawsuit. Two Texas families have filed a wrongful death lawsuit after their loved ones were killed in a horrifying collision.

The two men had slowed down for construction on Interstate 20 when their Nissan Sentra was rammed from behind by a Dodge diesel towing truck. The truck was towing a piece of 20,000-pound equipment to be used on an oilfield. The sedan hit the guardrail on the side of the road, but the collision was so severe that the truck ended up on top of the sedan. It was not the gruesome crash that killed the men, but the fire that began as a result of the collision.

Passenger dies in afternoon fatal accident

Every time people get in a car, whether it is a quick trip to the corner store or several hundred miles away for a vacation, they are risking their lives. In many cities across the nation, there seems to be one fatal accident after another any given day. Texas authorities are continuing their investigation into a fatal accident that killed a 19-year-old female.

It is still not known why the driver of a Ford Mustang lost control of her car in the mid-afternoon collision. The car was traveling east when it suddenly slid into the lane of oncoming traffic and hit a westbound SUV. The 31-year-old driver of the SUV had a 3-year-old passenger in the vehicle with her.

9-year-old girl dies in fatal accident

One of the worst things about a sudden death is not being able to say goodbye. A fatal accident often takes that final farewell away from a grieving parent, spouse or child. According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, a 9-year-old girl was recently the victim in an early-morning fatal accident.

The report stated the driver of a pickup truck was approaching a curve as it was traveling north. A Nissan Sentra was also approaching the curve, but was headed south.  The truck veered into the southbound lane, causing the driver of the sedan to jerk the car into the opposite lane in an effort to prevent a collision. Nevertheless, the truck did strike the sedan, causing both vehicles to spin.

Fatal accident kills one, injures two others

Getting out on the road these days can be dangerous, whether a person is just going a few miles to the nearest market or traveling hundreds of miles for a long-awaited vacation. Another driver whose full attention is not on the road for any reason may cause a fatal accident, resulting in changes to the lives of a number of people. Texas police say alcohol consumption or drug use may have been a factor in a recent fatal accident.

There were several witnesses who were able to give police a fairly clear picture of the accident that killed the female passenger in a black sedan. It seemed that the driver and the passenger were having an argument when the passenger tried to get out of the car as it was still moving. The car allegedly ran a red light, and another vehicle crashed into the side of the car, killing the emerging passenger. A third car was hit as the sedan was pushed across the intersection.

Agencies mark 10 year annivesary of defective product laws

Several agencies concerned with the health and well-being of consumers recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The law provides improved safeguards to prevent consumers from being harmed by a potentially defective product. It has also led to improved safety standards for children's toys and household products that previously posed a threat to families here in Texas and throughout the country.

The law reduced the permissible levels of lead in children's toys and related products. Reportedly, there was only been one recall issued over lead concerns last year, which is a significant improvement over the more than 100 recalls that were issued in 2007. Along with the tighter lead restrictions, there have been improvements made in the safety of children's furniture -- primarily in crib side rail safety requirements.

Teen brothers killed in heartbreaking fatal accident

The teenage years should be carefree and full of joy. Sadly, causing a fatal accident as a teen can cause repercussions that can continue far into adulthood. Two Texas teenagers died in a fatal accident that may have been the result of the negligence of a friend.

The 17-year-old driver and his girlfriend occupied the front seat of a 2005 Nissan Altima, while their two friends, brothers 17 and 14 years of age, were in the back. For a reason that has yet to be determined by investigators, the driver lost control of the vehicle. It veered off the road, crashed into a tree and flipped over. Although they were injured, the driver and his girlfriend tried to pull the trapped brothers from the car.

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