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The National Transportation Safety Board joined forces with the Texas Department of Public Safety to determine what caused the erratic driver of a pickup truck to crash into a bus. As they continue the accident investigation, a number families mourn the loss of their loved ones. Another family wonders whether their loved one will leave the hospital where she is currently in critical condition.

On the day of the accident, 911 dispatchers received several calls regarding a pickup truck being operated erratically. As police attempted to locate the out-of-control vehicle, they received one final 911 call. This time, the call was to report a catastrophic crash. Apparently, the pickup careened from the northbound lane into the southbound lane and slammed head-on into a bus occupied by the driver and 13 people.

The 20-year-old driver of the pickup survived the crash with serious injuries. The only other survivor was a woman on the bus. At last report, she remained in critical condition in a San Antonio hospital. Because the investigation remains open, no word regarding what charges the driver of the pickup could face was reported. Not only do officials need to know what factors led to the crash, but the answers could help the families of the victims.

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Driving the wrong way on a highway or otherwise ending up in the path of an oncoming car greatly increases the risk of being involved in a devastating crash. In Texas and elsewhere, a head\-on collision all too often results in fatalities. The damage done to the victims always inevitably extends to their families as well.

The families of four people changed forever on a recent Tuesday morning. Around 5:19 a.m., a 45-year-old man and his 38-year-old passenger were traveling north on U.S. 287. At the same time, a 69-year-old man and his 57-year-old passenger were traveling south on the same roadway. Unfortunately, the southbound driver was in the northbound lanes of the highway at the time.

The northbound driver more than likely had no idea that he was about to encounter a wrong-way vehicle. The two cars collided head-on on the dry roadway. Fortunately, these were the only two vehicles involved in the crash. Unfortunately, even though all four of the individuals were properly restrained, they suffered fatal injuries in the impact.

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Every Texas driver is responsible for paying close attention to the road and any other vehicles. Motorcycles tend to be more of a challenge to see because of their size, but that does not excuse a driver in a car accident. Knowing that some vehicles are more difficult to see should only increase the awareness of other drivers. Remaining vigilant of these smaller vehicles, as well as bicycles and pedestrians, should be a priority for every driver, especially in an urban area.

If one driver here in Texas had paid closer attention to the road and the traffic, a motorcycle rider might still be alive. According to reports, the 20-year-old motorcyclist was traveling west on RR 12. At the same time, a vehicle was pulling out onto the roadway from an apartment complex.

The two vehicles collided. The motorcycle rider suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The driver of the car told police that he or she failed to see the smaller vehicle. The investigation closed that portion of the roadway for several hours, and it was not reported whether any charges are being contemplated against the car driver.

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Construction zones are dangerous for both workers and motorists. When on foot, both workers and visitors to such a jobsite are at risk of being struck by moving equipment. Motorists driving through the area are at risk of having an auto accident. Everyone should be aware of the kind of work that goes on in a construction zone and make every effort to stay safe.

Why motorists run into trouble

Drivers often speed through construction zones, avoiding the safety protocol that has been established. In addition, they may be distracted. They could be calling or texting on their mobile devices, changing stations on the radio, picking up something that was dropped on the floor and, in general, not paying proper attention to the road. Jobsite debris might be present on the roadway. Running across chunks of concrete or nails could rupture a tire and a horrific accident could be the result.

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Even after Texas officials clear the scene of a crash, that does not necessarily mean that the investigation is closed. An accident investigation can take several weeks or months to complete, depending on the circumstances involved and the extent of any outstanding evidence. This is especially true in crashes involving fatalities in which crucial witnesses failed to survive.

For instance, officials continue to investigate a fatal crash took place at approximately 4:20 a.m. on a recent Saturday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Cibolo. The preliminary investigation determined that a pickup truck traveling eastbound crossed into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a commercial passenger bus. Fortunately, the bus was not carrying any passengers at the time of the crash.

The bus driver suffered injuries for which he was taken to an area hospital where he was last reported as being in stable condition. The three occupants of the pickup truck were ejected during the impact and suffered fatal injuries at the scene. Police do not yet know what factors led to the accident.

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Takata Corporation, an international car parts manufacturer, is already involved in the auto industry’s largest-ever recall. Takata airbags are installed in a huge variety of passenger vehicles, and most of them show no obvious manufacturing error. Yet at least 150 injuries and 16 deaths have been tied to Takata airbags exploding with great force, shattering the plastic inflator module and shooting shrapnel into the vehicle compartment.

As we discussed in our Feb. 5 post, 14 automakers had already recalled some 24 million vehicles with potentially deadly Takata airbags early this year. In May, NHTSA more than doubled the recall. Noting that some 28.8 million inflators had been already been recalled at that time, NHTSA announced a consent order phasing in a recall of an additional 35-40 million inflators by 2019.

In September, Honda announced a new recall of some 668,000 vehicles in Japan because of the airbag defect. Last week Toyota said 5.8 million additional cars in Japan and abroad needed to be recalled due to the potentially deadly airbags — including some where new Takata airbags had been as replacement parts when recalled vehicles were brought in for repair.

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With smaller frames, children are more susceptible to injury in car crashes when not properly secured. And every day almost 2,600 kids under the age of 13 are in vehicles involved in collisions. To safeguard your children, learn how to protect them from the all-to-real risk of injury.

Of course, it is important to note how important it is for parents or other caregivers to also fasten their own seatbelts. In one story, a mother properly restrained her child, but neglected her own seatbelt. In a serious car accident, she was thrown from the vehicle and died. Her child sustained only minor injuries.

Auto safety for babies and toddlers

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How do you put a price on a life completely altered by a car accident? How do you put a price on the lives of the loved ones now affected? It is not an easy process and no amount of money can ever do justice to the loss suffered. But seeking financial compensation in Texas may be a crucial means for holding the person responsible for the damage accountable.

How much compensation is enough depends on the specifics of your case. Much depends on the damages you experience. If you broke a leg and face six months on crutches, your needs won’t be as significant as someone who suffers traumatic brain injury.

TBI victims may not only lose hopes of a productive future, they may face massive costs for ongoing care. Some of that cost is likely to be borne by loved ones who give up of their own jobs to provide care.

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Getting into an accident is a jarring experience, and we don’t mean that only literally. People are often confused, shaken and in a fragile mental state after a car accident. In this condition, it is difficult to know what steps you need to take immediately after a car accident. If you have suffered some injuries make sure you get the medical help you deserve.

But let’s say that the accident you endured is fairly minor in nature. No one is hurt, aside from a bump or a bruise here and there. What should you do after this type of accident? How can you protect yourself and potentially support any legal case that you may make?

The first thing you should do is check on the other people involved in your accident. Once you have exchanged information, you can do a few simple things to preserve evidence and imagery of the crash scene.

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Drunk drivers cause some of the most catastrophic and devastating car accidents on Texas roads. Any person who gets into a car with a drunk driver is putting his or her life at risk. It is not uncommon for intoxicated drivers to travel at high rates of speed, cross the medians or run off the roadways and crash into utility poles or trees.

A 27-year-old driver was arrested and locked up after causing a fatal one-vehicle crash in Austin on a recent Sunday morning. According to an Austin police affidavit, officers responded to the accident scene to find a vehicle on its side and wrapped around a tree. The passenger was reportedly trapped inside the vehicle.

Police report that the driver claimed to have swerved to avoid hitting a dog in the road. He was allegedly traveling at 45 mph in an area in which the speed limit is 30 mph. The passenger was extricated, but she was declared dead at the accident scene. The driver’s injuries were not life-threatening, and he was taken to a hospital where officers noticed a strong alcohol odor along with slurred speech and glassy, bloodshot eyes. A field sobriety test confirmed their suspicion of intoxication.