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100-car Texas accident left 2 dead, dozens injured

Readers of this blog probably are familiar with the massive multi-vehicle tragedy that happened near Beaumont over the recent Thanksgiving holiday. Authorities estimate as many as 100 vehicles were involved in the Nov. 26 pileups on Interstate 10. Anywhere between 80 and 120 people were reported injured. Two people died, raising questions about whether wrongful death claims might be forthcoming.

The first wreck took place in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at approximately 8:45 a.m., according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. What followed was a horror of chain reaction crashes that included some crashes in the westbound lanes of the interstate.

Initial reports indicated that dense fog may have been a contributing factor to the crashes, officials say. That may be raising questions among some about whether authorities should have shut down the road for safety's sake. Apparently no such action was taken.

In addition to the many, many injuries, two people died. They were identified as a man and woman, ages 64 and 60 respectively, from Pearland. The Department of Public Safety says they died when their vehicle was struck from behind by a semitrailer truck.

Traveling on the roads of Texas can be risky. It can be worse when road conditions are hazardous and drivers fail to take proper precautions. Combine that with a potential lack of concentration or the possible misuse of electronics and accidents are bound to happen.

Whether a person has a right to pursue legal action following an accident such as this depends on the circumstances; if the accident is ruled to have been the result of mechanical failures or the fault of a driver of one of the vehicles, a victim may have a right to seek compensation for the pain, suffering, care or loss of life that occurred. An attorney can serve to advise whether any such case might exist.

Source: WPTV-TV, "100 car accident, Beaumont, Texas, Interstate 10 wreck, pileup update: Could the wreck have been avoided?," Vivian Kuo, CNN, Nov. 26, 2012

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