Some types of car accidents do not result in any injuries to those involved, but this is not always the case. A Texas family was recently killed in a car accident in New Mexico when their vehicle was struck head-on by a truck. According to the New Mexico State Police, the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 500 at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday evening.
Investigators said that a 24-year-old man driving a Ford truck was fatigued as he drove northbound on the highway. This led to him crossing the centerline and crashing into the van with four people inside. Police noted that all four of the people, including two adults and two children, were killed upon impact. Four members of the family were killed in the car accident, but another son was not with them at the time of the collision.
The driver of the truck was taken to a local hospital for the treatment of non life-threatening injuries. At this point, state police continue to investigate the finer details of the accident.
Driver fatigue can be traced to many accidents every year, some of which result in serious injury or even death. In the event that a person is too tired to drive, he or she needs to pull off the road in a safe manner. Neglecting to do so increases the chance of an accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident or a loved one has been killed, you have rights. In some cases, it is possible to file a claim against the at-fault party to recover compensation for final expenses and other damages.
Source: NBC DFW, “Head-On Crash Kills Denton County Family of Four” Jocelyn Lockwood, Aug. 11, 2014