Texas residents may be interested in a car accident on Dec. 5 that left one person dead and two more injured. The fatal car accident happened at 9:37 a.m. on Texas-114 near Smyer. A westbound black Ford Ranger driven by a 20-year-old man reportedly slid on the icy road and crossed the median into eastbound traffic. The truck then hit a Ford F-150 driven by a 34-year-old man.

The Ford Ranger reportedly caught on fire. The driver and his 20-year-old male passenger were both pulled from the truck by witnesses. They were taken to Covenant hospital with injuries that were described as being minor to moderate. The driver of the F-150 was killed in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities diverted traffic while the scene was cleared.

Authorities didn’t say whether anyone would face charges. Although the wreck may have been caused by icy conditions, the driver of the Ranger could face wrongful death litigation in addition to possible criminal charges. Drivers are advised to take extra precaution in icy conditions. The family of the deceased driver could choose to file suit for expenses related to the loss of their loved one. Those expenses could include medical bills, funeral expenses and any financial hardship that is caused by the loss of his income.

In a case like this one, an attorney may review the actions of the Ranger’s driver in the events leading up to the crash. While the icy road conditions played a part in the accident, the driver could have been speeding or possibly driving distracted. An attorney could use evidence of the driver’s negligence or recklessness to pursue compensation in court or settlement negotiations.

Source: KCBD, “1 dead, 2 injured in 2-car accident on Highway 114“, December 05, 2013