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Texas crash leaves 3 dead and 1 injured

An accident involving two vehicles, one of them an 18-wheeler truck, left three people dead and one injured on March 20 near Corpus Christi. The incident took place as four teenage girls were returning to Houston after a spring break vacation to South Padre Island.

According to police, an 18-year-old woman was driving back to Houston and was using her cellphone as a GPS when the incident took place. The woman glanced down to look at the directions on her phone and lost control of her vehicle, drifting to the center medium. She then overcorrected and spun into oncoming traffic and was hit by an 18-wheeler truck.

The woman, a high school student, was critically injured. She was taken to a Corpus Christi hospital for treatment in an intensive care unit. Her three passengers, two of which were also high school students, were killed in the collision. Two of the passengers were sisters. Although the crash was accidental, the driver of the vehicle might still be found liable for the incident, since she was looking at her cellphone and took her eyes off of the road in front of her.

Distracted driving is unfortunately the cause of many car accidents. Even if the driver does not receive any criminal charges, the driver might be found liable in a civil wrongful death lawsuit for the losses incurred by the victims' families, since the burden of proof is less stringent in a civil case. A personal injury attorney can often be of assistance in preparing such a lawsuit that would seek funeral and burial expenses and other damages permitted by statute.

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