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Donna Wright passes away in a Kia, truck accident on FM 787

CLEVELAND, Texas- 32-year-old Donna Wright, a mother of two, was pronounced dead after her vehicle crashed with two 18-wheelers on FM 787 near Cleveland, Texas

According to authorities, Wright lost control of her SUV, entered into a skid, and was struck by two semi-trucks, causing her vehicle to spin. One of her two children was ejected from the vehicle while inside his safety seat and is expected to survive.

The other boy remained in the car and was critically injured. Both children were flown to a local medical center for treatment. Ms. Wright died at the scene of the crash. The drivers of the semi-trucks were not seriously injured.
 

Information surrounding the cause of the crash was limited, and investigators are continuing an investigation of the incident.

No other details were immediately available.

Thoughts on the fatal truck accident that left one dead and two injured in Cleveland

The details of this accident are heartbreaking. In the blink of an eye, two young children lost their mother and seriously injured themselves. Our deepest condolences go out to the entire family and their loved ones, and we pray for the two children’s quick and full recoveries. This family deserves answers about what happened here, and the opportunity to recover against anyone who may bear responsibility for their injuries and the loss of their mother.

One of the most common reasons we see drivers lose control of their vehicles is a mechanical failure of some sort. In cases like this, our investigation checks for any recent repairs to the victim’s vehicle that may have been performed improperly by the repair shop. If we find that the repair shop was negligent in their performance of the repair, they should have to answer for that negligence. We also check if any replacement parts installed in such repairs were defective.

Alternatively, it may be that the vehicle lacks needed safety features designed to prevent serious injury in an accident. It is alarming that the child was properly restrained in his car seat, yet the car seat was ejected from the vehicle. While the reports do not indicate whether the passengers were using seatbelts, you would assume the car seat was buckled at the time of the crash.

Alternatively, another common cause of collisions between passenger vehicles and semi-truck is negligent, distracted driving on the part of the semi-truck driver. Drivers of such large vehicles must remain constantly on alert for changes in the roadway around them, but unfortunately, we often find these drivers are distracted in some way at the time of these accidents. While it is too early to assign blame, if an investigation does reveal that one or both truck drivers here were engaged in distracted driving, the victims and their loved ones may be able to recover under Texas’ distracted driving law(s).

Again, it is too early to determine what happened here, and have no reason to blame anyone party for this crash. However, the job of a trained attorney is to uncover all possible scenarios and provide the injured parties with the relief and answers they deserve.

Our firm has ample experience dealing with cases just like this, and we do not stop until we are confident all wrongdoing has been identified, and every opportunity for relief has been pursued. Our hearts go out to Ms. Wright’s children and her loved ones. We cannot imagine what they are going through, and we can only hope they get the answers and relief they deserve soon.

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