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Intersection noted for car wrecks back in the news

Every town in Texas likely has an intersection that infamous for the number of car wrecks that have happened at that location. Local, city and state officials work to minimize the risks once such locations are identified. It doesn't always work. Sometimes accidents happen anyway.

When an auto accident does happen, regardless of the location, those involved should strive to understand their rights and obligations. The repercussions can be significant and need to be addressed swiftly.

There is one such infamous intersection in Galveston and a woman was severely injured in an accident there recently. The accident occurred at the intersection of 61st Street and the inbound frontage road of Interstate 45. This site was well-known for T-bone collisions once. Twenty crashes were reported there in 2009, largely due to confusion about traffic lights. That prompted officials to make adjustments to control systems.

It's not clear if confusion about the light system contributed to this latest accident. What is known is that two vehicles were involved in the crash. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they found one vehicle rolled on its side and another with extensive front end damage.

Firefighters extracted one victim through the windshield of her 2012 Dodge before sending her to the University of Texas Medical Branch for immediate care. At the time this post is written, it's not known if anyone else was hurt in the wreck.

Understanding the many different factors, including light signals and the possibility of another driver failing to yield at unclear intersections, can help a victim begin the process of seeking compensation for injuries or damages sustained through no fault of their own. Exploring the various options that may be available is something to be done in consultation with an experienced lawyer.

Source: The Daily News, "Woman injured in rollover wreck," Chris Paschenko, Oct. 4, 2012

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