Texas emergency personnel were forced to deploy the Jaws of Life following a major accident on Gateway South Boulevard in El Paso. Although media reports do not specify how the crash occurred specifically as it is under investigation, a Ford F-150 truck sustained heavy damage to its front end, and a Pontiac Grand Am sustained extensive damage to its rear, perhaps suggesting a rear-end collision. Crews closed off the area around the Diana Drive exit on US 54 while they provided assistance to the victims and investigated the scene.
While the police themselves have not confirmed any deaths, emergency crews indicated that a person might have died, and witnesses saw a body being removed from the Pontiac. At least four others were injured, but their conditions as yet remain unknown.
Accidents involving death or injury almost always require some form of investigation to ascertain their cause and determine which party, if any, is to be held liable. If someone else’s negligence causes gross physical or emotional damage to another person, the victim may well be entitled to receive compensation from the other, but this often hinges upon making an accurate account of how events transpired and why. Investigators and attorneys representing accident victims have various means at their disposal to aid them in this process, including thorough examinations of the physical damage to all vehicles involved. In this case, the vehicular damage could imply that the F-150 somehow crashed into the Pontiac’s rear. If that’s true, and negligence is determined to have been a factor — as it often is in rear-end collisions — then the F-150 driver could be obligated to provide reparations for damages suffered by the Pontiac’s occupants and any of his or her passengers if the injured parties or the family of the deceased victim choose to pursue a civil claim.
In the aftermath of a serious car accident, victims may need to engage in extensive negotiations with insurance companies to try to cover their costs. An attorney may be able to calculate the full extent of damages to victims and their families and aid in these negotiations to help ensure their claims are not underestimated.
Source: KFOX14, “Developing: Several hurt, one possibly killed in northeast car crash,” Jesse Martinez, Dec. 2, 2013