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2 killed and 2 injured in Texas truck accident

On Feb. 9, a semi truck collided with an SUV on a two lane road in Texas. Two individuals in the SUV, a mother and son, were killed in the wreck. Two boys survived and were taken to an Austin area hospital. This truck accident is currently under investigation.

This incident occurred near Smithville on FM 535. It is believed the the driver of tractor trailer was hauling an over-sized load, measuring 16 to18 feet wide, on a road with lanes only measuring 10 feet wide. The SUV hit the truck, killing the driver and one of the passengers. Two boys, ages 13 and 6, were treated at Dell Children's Medical Center.

According to reports, the truck driver -- a 42-year-old male -- did not have the appropriate permit for the load he was carrying. On top of failing to obtain the permit, authorities say that a load of this size should not have been on a two lane road. Criminal charges are pending in this case.

If what has been reported is accurate, this tragic truck accident is one that could have easily been avoided had the trucker made different decisions. The decedents' loved ones, as well as the surviving victims, may have legal recourse in this case. Wrongful death and personal injury claims may be filed against the driver and his employer. By taking such actions, compensation may be achieved if the driver and/or his employer is found negligent in a Texas court. If this can be established successfully, monetary relief may be awarded.

Source: kvue.com, "Truck driver could be blamed for crash that killed 2", Amber Downing, Feb. 11, 2016

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