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Texas head-on collision still under investigation

On Feb. 10 at about 5:30 p.m., two teenage girls were on their way home from track practice at Northwest High School when the driver of a pickup truck lost control of her vehicle. Police say that the pickup truck crossed the center line and hit the teens' car head-on. The car accident happened on the Farm to Market 156 highway near the girls' school in Justin, and the road was reportedly slick at the time.

The 16-year-old driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The passenger, also 16, suffered serious injuries, including head trauma, and was flown to a hospital. On Feb. 11, the passenger underwent brain surgery to alleviate the swelling. According to the girl's friends, her doctors, nurses and parents are cautiously optimistic about her recovery. The friends believe that she is strong enough to make it out of this and hope for a speedy recovery.

The 31-year-old driver of the pickup truck also suffered serious injuries but was later released. The Department of Public Safety says that an investigation into the car accident is ongoing, but road conditions at the time were wet, icy or a combination of both, contributing to the crash. Police have not filed charges against the pickup truck driver, but the investigator still has ten days to file a report.

The parents of the girl who was injured in this car accident could file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the pickup truck on their daughter's behalf. The parents need to have proof that the woman did not demonstrate reasonable care and caused the car accident that led to the girl's injuries. Exercising reasonable care includes taking road conditions into account and driving accordingly. If they are successful, the parents may recover of the cost of their daughter's medical expenses.

Source: KDFW, "N. Texas teen killed in crash; passenger undergoes brain surgery", February 12, 2014

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