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Several injured in collision on Texas highway

The Department of Public Safety recently reported a June 22 crash that happened on Texas 73. The two-vehicle accident injured six people, including one who was flown to Galveston's University of Texas Medical Branch and another who was helicoptered to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. The news source did not mention if any charges have been filed in connection with the incident.

According to authorities, a 42-year-old man driving a Ford F-350 lost control of the truck when its left-front tire burst. It crossed into oncoming traffic from the eastbound lanes and collided with a 2012 Ford Explorer driven by a 24-year-old man. The crash did not injure the truck driver, and the driver of the SUV was hospitalized. Three passengers from the truck were reportedly taken to Christus St. Elizabeth.

While medical attention is sometimes required in an emergency, many people struggle with hospital costs after receiving such treatment. Victims of car accidents may want to file personal injury suits against the parties they believe to be responsible. Plaintiffs in these cases can be awarded compensation for medical transportation, surgery, hospital stays and any other financial harm attributable to their accidents.

In this incident, investigators will try to determine why the tire on the F-350 blew out. If the tire was punctured by something on the road the driver could not see, he may not be liable for the collision. If maintenance on the truck was overdue and the tire blew out due to neglect, the driver could be found responsible in a civil suit. Also, the driver of the truck may choose to sue the other driver under the right circumstances. If the police investigation seems to suggest that the SUV driver had enough time to avoid the accident, that could spurn the truck driver to pursue civil litigation.

Source: Beaumont Enterprise, "6 hurt in weekend crash on Texas 73", June 23, 2014

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