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Texas man one in a long line of fatalities on dangerous road

Certain stretches of highway seem to see more accidents than others. Sometimes it is because of the engineering of the road or the environmental conditions that make it difficult for drivers to negotiate, especially if they are unfamiliar with the area. Residents along one stretch of highway in Texas say enough is enough, and they want the Texas Department of Transportation to do something to improve the route for travelers.

A 60-year-old man died on a recent Tuesday night when his car skidded on a wet road, crossed into the opposite lane and struck a vehicle head-on, injuring its passengers. Neighbors say that, unfortunately, such tragic accidents are a common occurrence. They say the section of road is dark, has poor signage, and the slightest water in the road creates a situation where cars hydroplane. A hydroplaning car on this poorly lit road has led to numerous multi-vehicle accidents.

Residents say the road has always been treacherous. However, recent development in the area has intensified the danger. Nevertheless, TxDOT apparently has not addressed the situation despite 175 accidents along that stretch of road, several of which included fatalities.

Driver error is often a factor, even when weather or road conditions are hazardous. The injured passengers in the car involved in the latest fatal accident may certainly wish to investigate the possibility of seeking compensation from the estate of the deceased driver. Additionally, a skilled attorney will be able to help accident victims in Texas to explore all options for pursuing restitution, even those agencies responsible for maintaining roads that are safe for travel.

Source: kxan.com, "'It keeps happening': Deadly crash on SH 71 has neighbors calling for change", Lauren Lanmon, Feb. 21, 2018

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