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Dumpster truck accident hits Texas bridge, killing 1

Due to increased scrutiny and safety concerns, many states throughout the country have begun to take a serious look at the many bridges and overpasses that exist within their borders. However, despite any structural issues, commercial trucks can still cause significant damage if their drivers do not ensure that the truck's equipment (such as a boom) is properly stowed. A recent tragic truck accident and bridge collapse in Texas resulted in the loss of one young child and also caused significant injuries to a mother.

According to investigators, the accident occurred at approximately 9:45 a.m. at the junction of Texas Highway 36 and Highway 90. A car carrying a mother and two children was traveling was passing underneath an overpass on the highway. At the same time, a garbage truck was traveling nearby and struck the bridge. The truck's boom was inexplicably raised, and the truck did not have the clearance needed to avoid hitting the bridge.

Falling debris from the crash struck the car and crushed its front. The 12-year-old boy sitting in the front seat was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The mother was airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The other child, said to be 9 years old, was in the back seat and walked away from the wreck with minor injuries.

At this time, it is uncertain if charges will be filed against the driver that caused the truck accident. Regardless of any criminal charges filed, the family of a Texas victim involved in a similar wreck could benefit from contacting an attorney who has experience in personal injury law. Many unexpected expenses can result from this kind of accident, specifically with regards to medical bills due to hospitalization and loss of wages.  Attorneys in this field will be able to discuss the various legal options available to the victims, and can assist in recovering losses quickly as medical expenses for injured victims may continue to accumulate rapidly.

Source: khou.com, "Girl killed, mom injured in Sealy bridge accident", Marcelino Benito, July 7, 2016

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