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1 woman dies, 1 injured in Texas car accident

Authorities say that a fatal accident in Texas on Sept. 27 was caused by a fatigued driver who had just left a long work shift. The accident happened on Weatherford Highway about 21 miles from Glen Rose.

The 18-year-old who was killed in the accident had just worked a 12-hour shift at a hotel. Police believe she fell asleep around 6:30 a.m. as she drove south on the highway. Her vehicle, a white Kia Forte, crossed the center line, and she hit a white Dodge Magnum head-on that was traveling north.

The 57-year-old woman driving the Dodge was seriously injured and taken to Fort Worth's John Peter Smith Hospital in a helicopter. The 18-year-old woman died at the scene. Neither driver carried other passengers in their vehicles, and the accident investigation is ongoing.

Fatigue is a serious danger on the road. However, it can be difficult to prove fatigue because there is no test for it as there is for substance abuse, and officers are not trained to recognize it. After an accident in which fatigue might be a factor, a person might not be charged, or they might be charged but found not guilty in court because of the difficulty in proving the case. However, a person injured in an accident with a fatigued driver might still want to consider filing a civil lawsuit if they receive insufficient compensation from insurance. In a criminal case, it is necessary to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, but in a civil case, the burden of proof is much lower. It is only necessary to prove with a preponderance of evidence. This means that the winning side most provide more convincing evidence than the other side.

Source: Glen Rose Reporter, "Glen Rose resident, 18, dies in head-on, two-car collision early Tuesday," Ben Tinsley, Sept. 28, 2016

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