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Texas oil field truck accident claims 3 lives

The oil industry here in Texas has done so much for the economy. It has given people employment and a way to care for their families as well as boost local businesses. Unfortunately, these positive effects sometimes come at a price. The larger trucks that are now on the roads are more likely to cause fatalities if they are involved in crashes. This is what authorities claim happened in a case involving an oil field truck accident that resulted in the deaths of three people.

Police say that the accident happened on a recent evening on a state highway. The woman who was driving the oil field truck was allegedly traveling in the wrong lane and struck a van head-on. A mother and her two children, who were passengers in the van, were killed. The driver of the car reportedly attempted to avoid the accident,but could not get out of the way of the truck.

Authorities say that the woman driving the truck had a blood alcohol content that was two times the legal limit. They also say that this is not the first time that she has caused an accident after driving under the influence. For this most recent accident, she has been charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter and a DWI. She posted bond and is awaiting her court appearance.

When large trucks like these are involved in accidents, the sheer size of the vehicle makes it more likely that the crash will result in bodily harm for anyone that is unlucky enough to be involved. The family of the victims could decide to file a wrongful death claim against the driver accused of causing the truck accident, regardless of what happens concerning the criminal charges she is facing. Here in Texas, a successfully litigated claim could mean financial restitution that may be used to cover any financial damages that arose from the crash.

Source: fox51.com, "ETX woman charged with killing 3 in drunk driving wreck had BAC of .16", Regan Roy, July 30, 2014

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