Head-on collisions can happen for various reasons and are sometimes a result of circumstances out of the driver’s control, such as a medical condition or mechanical failure. Other times, drivers who cause these types of car accidents were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, or something inside the vehicle, such as a cell phone, caused a momentary distraction. Whatever the reason, wrong-way drivers often cause fatalities, and such was the case recently when two people died in a horrific collision on a Texas roadway.
The incident happened in Arlington on a Thursday evening. Police have said, according to witnesses and video surveillance, a vehicle was traveling southbound in a northbound lane. The car struck a northbound SUV, causing a chain reaction involving two other vehicles.
The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash, a 27-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 27-year-old woman driving the SUV was transported to a hospital by ambulance, but she was pronounced dead on arrival. Reportedly, she was five months pregnant. Her mother had been with her in the vehicle and remains in the hospital with injuries requiring surgery.
Unfortunately, car accidents involving two vehicles crashing head-on typically end with fatalities, as this one did. Investigators are still uncertain about what caused the driver to end up in the wrong lane, but whatever the reason, sadly, two people are dead, and another person seriously injured. Although the wrong-way driver died in the crash, his estate could be held accountable if the other victims’ family members choose to pursue legal action through the Texas civil justice system. An experienced personal injury attorney could review the case details and inform them of their options.