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Distracted driving thought responsible for fatal Texas crash

Accident investigators in Texas are trying to determine why a pickup truck began weaving in and out of the path of oncoming traffic immediately before colliding head-on with a semi-tractor trailer in Bexar County on the afternoon of Sept. 30. The accident left a man and a boy dead and a woman and two children seriously injured. Police say that they have found no evidence indicating that drugs or alcohol played a role, but a San Antonio Police Department representative said that driver distraction is suspected.

According to a SAPD report, the accident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on FM 1937 in the vicinity of U.S. Route 281 south of San Antonio. Officers say that the driver of the semi involved tried unsuccessfully to pull his fully laden vehicle over to avoid a collision when he saw an oncoming white pickup truck being driven erratically. Police arriving at the scene discovered that that both vehicles had come to a rest in ditches and debris was strewn across both lanes of the quiet rural road.

The collision left all five occupants of the pickup truck either dead or injured. The man behind the wheel and his 12-year-old front-seat passenger were both declared dead by first responders at the scene. Firefighters extracted a 32-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy from the rear of the vehicle, and a helicopter was summoned to transport them to a nearby trauma center. A 2-year-old boy who had been ejected from the pickup was found badly injured in a nearby ditch. The infant suffered a serious leg fracture and was reported to be in critical condition after arriving at an area hospital. The truck driver suffered a minor leg injury.

The proliferation of cellphones and other mobile electronic devices has led to a surge in the number of distracted driving motor vehicle accidents on the nation's roads. When faced with a possible distracted driving situation, personal injury attorneys seeking compensation for accident victims may study wireless service provider records or the information captured by vehicle data recorders to establish liability.

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