Many Texas motorists are aware of the dangers of driver fatigue. For some, the issue has directly affected their personal lives when they or their loved ones were injured in motor vehicle accidents involving drivers asleep at the wheel. This was the apparent cause of a recent tragedy involving a Texas big rig and two other vehicles.
The situation unfolded when a 32-year-old woman reportedly fell asleep while she was driving on Interstate 10. Her vehicle reportedly drifted some way along the road, then came to a stop. Witnesses say the woman exited her vehicle and was sitting on top of it when the next horrific moments occurred.
An approaching tractor-trailer was allegedly unable to avoid collision with the woman's car. After the initial impact, the massive truck careened into another traffic lane, striking an oncoming vehicle. Sadly, a 54-year-old man and his two passengers were killed in the crash.
The big rig driver whose truck struck the other two vehicles was also injured and was taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment. When a Texas motorist falls asleep at the wheel, and a collision occurs causing injury or death to another person or people, there may be grounds for filing personal injury claims in court. A recovering victim, or an immediate family member acting on behalf of a decedent, may request assistance from a personal injury attorney to determine an appropriate course of action. Compensation awarded in successfully litigated claims often helps affected families meet unexpected expenses associated with such incidents.
Source: usnews.com, "4 Killed in Texas Highway Wreck After Driver Falls Asleep", Accessed on May 4, 2017