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Attempted U-turn in Texas results in 1 dead, 2 injured

A two-vehicle collision in Galveston killed one, injured two others and shut down traffic for more than five hours on Seawall Boulevard on July 26. The accident occurred in the 9500 block of Seawall Boulevard, and police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Police believe that an Infiniti SUV traveling east attempted a U-turn around 1:55 p.m. and hit a Toyota Sienna minivan traveling west on the driver's side. The 72-year-old man driving the minivan died at the scene. His spouse, who was in the passenger seat, is now in serious condition at the John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

The driver of the SUV also went to John Sealy, and he is in stable condition. The police have not charged anyone for the accident and will investigate whether alcohol was involved.

Someone seriously injured in a car accident may incur expensive medical bills and need to take time off work to recover. Injured parties may be able to file a personal injury claim when another driver's negligence causes a crash. Compensation may cover expenses related to the crash. Most people receive a settlement offer from a driver's insurance company, and some cases go to court so that a judge or jury can assess damages.

An accident investigation could help determine who, if anyone, is at fault for the accident in this case, but either party could be liable depending on the circumstances. If the SUV driver tried to do an illegal U-turn or broke a different traffic law, he may be responsible for the wreck. If the Sienna driver could have avoided the SUV but was texting or distracted by something else, he may be responsible instead.

Source: The Daily News, "Man dies in Seawall Boulevard accident", Ana Goni-Lessan, July 26, 2014

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