A press release issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety details a tragic incident that began with a traffic stop on Interstate 10. According to the report, a deputy with the Pecos County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle near Fort Stockton at about 12:50 a.m. on Friday, March 6. The vehicle, a 2014 Dodge Challenger, was reportedly being driven by a Sheffield woman.
Head-on Crash Ensues
As the deputy approached the vehicle, the motorist allegedly fled. The Dodge then proceeded into oncoming traffic during the alleged attempted escape. According to the Sheriff’s report, the car then hit a semi head-on. A 39-year-old man from Miami operated the 2003 tractor-trailer, according to the report.
One Injury, One Fatality
The truck driver required transport to an area hospital, and he was subsequently released. The motorist behind the wheel of the Dodge did not survive the wreck. She was pronounced dead at the scene by a Pecos County Justice of the Peace. According to deputies, both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.
Although this particular accident is still under investigation, state law does offer an injured victim of negligent driving an opportunity to pursue relief in the civil courts. Wrong-way driving may constitute evidence of negligent conduct.
In similar cases, the pursuit of compensation is possible, and damages are sometimes awarded for unpaid medical bills, pain, suffering and lost wages. If the allegedly negligent motorist does not survive crash, the individual’s estate and his/her insurance company may still be named as defendants in civil litigation.
We offer a free consultation with a Odessa Car Accident Lawyer to those injured in traffic accidents. It is possible to determine if it is appropriate to seek damages in each case. For more information, please contact us.