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Vehicle collision kills two Austin residents

A head-on collision recently claimed the life of two Austin, Texas residents in Coryell County. The collision involved a car driven by an unidentified driver, a passenger identified as 45-year-old old Connie Williams, and a one-ton pickup truck driven by a 79-year-old rancher identified as Hilton Lee Culp. The two occupants of the car perished while the truck driver is listed in fair condition at a hospital in Temple, Texas. An accident investigation is pending. However, a report revealed that the car was heading up a hill when it encountered the truck.

It is not clear if a negligent driver or any impairment was at fault. The two occupants of the 1998 Chevy Lumina died at the scene of the accident, which took place on State Highway 36. The victims in the car and the driver of the 2010 Chevy pickup were all wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. The police investigation will determine if additional issues such as a distracted driver, drunk driver, or mechanical failure were involved with the car accident.

An auto accident like this is an example of what is often involved with a wrongful death lawsuit. Such a claim may be filed even when a car collision results in serious injury such as a brain injury that later results in death. Some states limit liability when a case involves family members. Damages sought typically include compensation for pain and suffering and any medical expenses that involved the victim. Wrongful death claims can stem from a drunk driving accident, a hit and run, texting and driving or any situation where a driver was impaired, distracted, or negligent. In some cases, an insurance company may suggest seeking a reasonable settlement.

Source: WacoTrib.com, "2 killed in head-on crash in Coryell County", Don Bolding, June 01, 2013

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