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Traffic accident in west Texas kills 1

A traffic collision in rural western Texas has claimed the life of one person and left another two with injuries. The incident occurred when a pickup truck with a trailer in tow apparently crossed the center line of a state highway and ran into a passenger car.

Reports on this vehicle crash show that it happened less than a mile from the city center of Muleshoe, a small town in Bailey County. The driver of the pickup truck, a resident of Muleshoe, was traveling northbound State Highway 214 at approximately 1:30 in the morning on June 11 in a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck. The reason why he may have veered into the path of oncoming traffic was not reported.

The driver of the car, a 55-year-old Muleshoe resident, died before he could be taken for medical treatment. The passenger in the vehicle, a 54-year-old female resident of the same town, was taken to a medical center in Lubbock for treatment of her injuries. The Texas Department of Public Safety was investigating the accident, but no charges had yet been filed against any anyone.

A fatal motor vehicle accident can leave the surviving family members in severe financial straits when the decedent was the primary breadwinner. In addition to their grief, they have to deal with immediate funeral and burial expenses as well as trying to replace the contributions to the household budget that the decedent made. In cases where the accident was the fault of another driver, such as one who was distracted, impaired or otherwise negligent, an attorney for the family might suggest the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit that would seek monetary damages from the at-fault motorist.

Source: Everything Lubbock, "Two Vehicle Crash in Bailey County Early Saturday Kills One, Injuries Two", June 11, 2016

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