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18-wheeler accidents may signal death to drivers and others

It is somewhat unusual for 18-wheelers to collide head-on in a fatal crash on a Texas interstate highway. However, 18-wheeler accidents can occur in any variety of scenarios so that it is not a totally unexpected occurrence. In the early evening of Thursday, Nov. 9, a horrific tragedy of that kind occurred when an 18-wheeler going southbound on I-35 crossed the median and struck another 18-wheeler that was traveling northbound near Exit 126. They collided head-on, leaving both drivers dead at the scene.

Another truck was drawn into the accident but its driver was unharmed, according to authorities. The Police Chief of the Natalia Police Department stated that it was the worst crash that he had seen in his 30 years of service. The decedents have not yet been identified but police described them as two men, one from Austin and one from Laredo. The reasons why the first driver crossed the median are unknown but police stated that the investigation continues.

The estate of the driver of the crossover truck will likely be legally responsible to pay damages to the estate of the deceased victim. There is no reason to conclude that the victim was in any way negligent, and it is clear that the accident was substantially caused by the crossover truck. The accident would not have occurred otherwise.

Because the bodies have not been identified it would be speculation to try and predict the economic value of the wrongful death claim that the victim's estate will assert. An actuarial witness will provide a report estimating the amount of lost earning capacity suffered by the decedent for the remainder of his working life. If the driver was young or middle-aged, that will be a substantial amount based on increasing wages, benefits and other economic factors. In 18-wheeler accidents with fatalities in Texas, the deceased victim is not usually the truck driver but where that is the case, one can expect to see a likely substantial settlement amount.

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