A pick-up truck driver, followed by a tractor-trailer driver, was headed west on 410 late Sunday evening when both drivers moved into the left lane in order to pass a slow-moving vehicle. Upon moving into the left lane, the pick-up driver observed a second pick-up truck heading east the wrong way against traffic. Attempting to avoid a head-on collision, the driver began moving into the right lane, but the oncoming truck clipped the left side of the pick-up truck and then proceeded to crash into the tractor-trailer. The impact killed the eastbound pick-up truck driver instantly. Fortunately, the drivers and passenger in the westbound vehicles did not suffer serious injuries.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Bexar County has more wrong-way crashes than any other county in the state. There were at least 136 wrong-way crashes in Bexar County between 2007 and 2011, which injured 138 people and killed almost 30 people.
While this latest wrong-way collision did not result in serious injuries or death to anyone except for the driver responsible for the accident, it just as easily could have turned out differently. Wrong-way, head-on collisions can be particularly dangerous for all parties involved, and often result in multiple injured persons or fatalities. When parties to such a collision suffer serious injuries, they may be able to seek compensation for their injuries from the party responsible for the collision through a personal injury lawsuit. Likewise, surviving family members may be able to recover damages from the responsible party in the event that their loved one is fatally injured in such an accident through a wrongful death action. A personal injury attorney or a wrongful death lawyer can be invaluable in these cases.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a wrong-way collision or other type of vehicle accident, you will need the professional expertise of a qualified Texas personal injury attorney. Call to schedule your initial consultation today.