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Fatal accident claims lives of 3 siblings and family friend

These days, most people carry a cellphone at all times. While many people understand the responsibility that comes with such a device, some still do not and sometimes use their phone in an unsafe manner, such as when they are driving. Recently, a Texas woman lost three of her children, as well as a family friend, in a fatal accident that may have been caused by cellphone distraction.

The crash happened on a recent Friday morning when the mother, siblings and a family friend were traveling to San Antonio to watch an older sibling in a dance competition. The mother, who was driving, stopped to make a turn, and another vehicle slammed into her from behind. According to preliminary reports and surveillance video, the driver of the second vehicle applied the brakes less than one second prior to impact. The Texas Department of Public Safety has said this fact may indicate cellphone distraction on the part of the driver.

The three siblings, aged 12 to 17, as well as the 19-year-old family friend, were killed in the crash. The 53-year-old mother is in hospital in critical condition, while the two occupants of the other vehicle were not injured. A family friend spoke of the extreme difficulty of informing the mother of the deaths.

Most parents cannot imagine feeling the devastation of losing a child to death. This mother has had to endure losing three of her children in one fatal accident that may have been caused by one driver's negligence. She is also left dealing with significant injuries of her own. In addition to the extreme emotional and physical impact this incident has undoubtedly had on her, she will likely face financial challenges in future. Victims in these types of situations often consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the possibility of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.

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