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Fatal accident on Texas tollway claims the life of 1 driver

Accidents that happen on freeways are all too common and often have tragic outcomes. A recent fatal accident shut down the Dallas North Tollway for several hours while Texas law enforcement worked the scene. Sadly, one individual died as a result of this unfortunate incident.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a truck hauling a drilling rig blew a tire and was forced to the left side of the road. At some point during this incident, the drilling rig came loose from the truck bed and the drilling arm swung out into the northbound lanes of traffic. A car struck the drilling arm and the driver, a 70-year-old male, was killed as a result. Other than his age, police have not released any other information about the victim.

Both sides of the freeway were affected by this incident for several hours. The truck driver was reportedly uninjured in the crash. Local law enforcement have not indicated if any charges are pending in this matter.

A fatal accident like this one will undoubtedly leave the victim's family grieving their loss. The untimely death of a loved one can cause undue emotional and economic burdens that can be difficult to overcome. In this case, the victim's family may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the driver considered responsible and his employer. If it is determined that any negligence led to the death of this victim and liability is affirmed by a Texas civil court, the surviving family members may be awarded a monetary judgment to provide for any suffered losses recognized under state laws.

Source: NBC DFW, "Accident Shut Down Dallas North Tollway for Hours", , June 21, 2014

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