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Distraction is the cause of many Texas car accidents

When teens first learn to drive, parents may nag them with many admonitions. Don't drink and drive, no texting behind the wheel and don't drive too fast. Parents hope their reminders will instill a sense of caution in their teens, keeping their kids safe from car accidents that could bring life-changing consequences. Unfortunately for several Texas families, those warnings could not prevent a tragedy.

A 16-year-old driver was traveling with three of her friends when she slowed to make a left turn. However, a pickup truck behind them did not slow down and rammed into the back of the car. The impact of the collision was so powerful that the two friends in the back seat of the car, both age 15, died instantly.

The car was propelled into oncoming traffic where it collided with another vehicle, killing the driver and front-seat passenger. A 24-year-old pregnant woman in the back seat was transported to the hospital where doctors delivered her baby. The mother then succumbed to her injuries some days later, leaving behind her newborn and a 4-year-old daughter, who was injured in the accident.

The vehicle in which the pregnant woman was riding spun into a pickup truck, seriously injuring its driver. Meanwhile, the car carrying the four teenagers collided with a fifth vehicle, pushing that vehicle into a ditch and causing serious injury to the 17-year-old driver. In all, five vehicles were involved in the accident, resulting in five fatalities and eight injuries. Investigators are trying to determine why the driver of the first pickup failed to slow down for the turning vehicle.

All the cautions and warnings of worried parents cannot protect a young driver from another motorist who is not paying attention. The mental anguish of losing loved ones in car accidents or watching them suffer from their injuries may be more than most family members can bear. Fortunately, they can seek the counsel of a Texas attorney for advice on the best options for claiming potential compensation for the injuries, pain and suffering caused by a negligent driver.

Source:, "Teens were slowing down to turn before deadly Collin Co. crash", Jordan Armstrong, June 22, 2017

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