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Fatal crash possibly caused by tractor-trailer driver

There are certain stretches of Texas highways that have been deemed to be more dangerous for travelers. Recently, one section of a highway that has seen its share of fatal crashes was the site of yet another fatality that has been initially blamed on a tractor-trailer driver. According to one source, this area of roadway has been the scene of four fatal crashes over the past several years.

The most recent accident occurred along a stretch of U.S. Route 77. According to a Department of Public Safety spokesman, the wreck may have been caused by an inattentive tractor-trailer driver. A man was purportedly driving his heavy-duty pickup truck along the road as he was traveling between two large semis. As traffic up ahead began to slow down, the driver of the 18-wheeler behind him purportedly failed to adjust his speed. 

The commercial truck then slammed into the smaller vehicle, which was shoved into the truck traveling directly in front of him. The driver of the pickup was killed in the wreckage. According to officials, the traffic had come to a stop due to a possible construction site. However, a Texas Department of Transportation representative reported that there was no information available concerning any construction work on that section of the highway.

At this time, there have been no charges filed against the tractor-trailer driver deemed to have been at fault, as the investigation is still ongoing. The victim's family are devastated at the loss of their loved one in this horrific and preventable collision. When there are injuries or a fatality due to the possible negligence of another driver, the victims, or their surviving family, may seek restitution for their financial losses through the filing of a personal injury -- or wrongful death -- lawsuit through the state's civil justice system.

Source: victoriaadvocate.com, "Update: DPS confirms one driver dies in crash", Lauren Hernandez, April 16, 2018

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