An auto accident near Houston has resulted in the hospitalization of four Texas A&M students, authorities reported. The driver of the vehicle who was traveling the wrong way has died from his injuries in the two-car crash, which occurred in the early morning hours of March 16 as he drove a Toyota Camry eastbound on a westbound stretch of U.S. Highway 290. He hit the Jeep Liberty occupied by the students head-on.
All four of the college students, two men and two women in their early 20s, were taken to a nearby medical center. Their condition was reported as stable. The driver of the Toyota, however, died at the scene. A similar head-on fatality reportedly occurred along the same section of highway one year ago.
An accident in the middle of the semester can be devastating to a college student. These individuals may be faced with difficulties in resuming their studies as they recover from their injuries. Additionally, the financial implications for the students and their families may be frustrating as they deal with unexpected medical expenses. While auto insurance may address some of these costs, there may be challenges in working with insurance agents to receive sufficient monetary compensation to deal with unexpected medical needs.
In such a case, an injured party may find that legal assistance may be helpful in examining all angles related to the accident. Accident reconstruction may be used to identify whether issues such as road signs and highway markings may have contributed to the error of the deceased driver. The fact that a similar accident previously occurred in the same area may provide insight related to road maintenance problems. Meanwhile, a lawyer may explore potential health and toxicology clues related to the driver error that caused the head-on accident.
Legal assistance in dealing with insurance officials may help in removing stress from injured parties in such an incident, allowing an intermediary to handle communications. Meanwhile, a lawyer may be able to provide an overview of potential litigation options related to personal injury that could potentially maximize the amount of compensation received by the injured students and their families.
Source: WFAA 8, “Wrong-way crash near Houston leaves four A&M students hospitalized,” March 16, 2014