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Fatal accident on shoulder of interstate highway

The likelihood of a fatal accident is not dependent on the number of cars and trucks on the road. Although there are usually more vehicles on the road during the daytime, a fatal accident can occur just as easily while most people are in bed for the night. Police arrived on the scene of a recent collision sometime after midnight to find a Texas woman had been killed.

According to a report, the 42-year-old woman was standing by the side of Interstate 20 Westbound next to two vehicles, both of which had malfunctioned and had been pulled off to the shoulder. A truck traveling east veered from its lane and hit both immobile vehicles. In turn, one of the vehicles hit the woman.

The woman was transported to a local hospital but died from her wounds soon after arrival. Police arrested the 23-year-old truck driver and charged him with intoxication manslaughter. His bond was set at $10,000.

Consumption of alcohol or drugs alters perception in most people. To choose to drive afterward is to choose the risk of causing injury or death to others on or near the road. More than jail time, causing a fatal accident can lead to fines, much higher insurance rates, license suspension and ramifications from a possible wrongful death lawsuit. Surviving family members are typically eligible to file a lawsuit seeking financial recourse after their loved one has been killed due to the negligence of another. A Texas attorney can offer an assessment of a particular case and provide ongoing assistance throughout the claims and litigation process.

Source: star-telegram.com, "Woman standing on I-20 in Arlington hit by truck, dies", Domingo Ramirez, Jr., Oct. 19, 2017

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