JASPER COUNTY, Texas – The male driver of a 2013 Hyundai Elantra was injured in a collision with a Chevy pickup truck on November 10, 2022, around 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of RR-255 and Farm to Market Road 1007.
Reportedly, the driver of the Hyundai was traveling westbound on RR-255 at the same time a driver of a 2015 Chevy pickup truck was headed eastbound. The driver of the Chevy then attempted to turn onto FM-1007 directly in front of the Hyundai. The two vehicles collided head-on. Photos from the crash scene show extensive damage to the Hyundai.
Emergency personnel arrived on the scene and had to extract the driver of the Hyundai using the Jaws of Life. While the Hyundai driver appeared to have only suffered a broken leg, further medical evaluation revealed that the driver actually sustained severe head and internal injuries. The driver was airlifted to St. Elizabeth Hospital for critical care. The pickup truck driver was not injured.
An accident investigation is ongoing. No further details about the crash have been released.
The pickup driver’s actions are inexcusable and further investigation is needed to determine the justice owed
While all facts have not been determined, it seems the driver of the Chevy truck acted negligently. All drivers have a duty to others on the roadway to operate their vehicles safely, and by attempting to turn in front of a moving car, the pickup driver clearly breached that duty. Therefore, the pickup driver should be held responsible for the resulting injuries in this accident.
However, most motorists do not carry enough insurance to sufficiently cover the costs associated with significant motor vehicle accidents and subsequent medical treatments. In these cases, victims and their families must be aware of alternative avenues to pursue when seeking compensation for injuries.
For instance, although individuals may not carry extensive insurance coverage, vehicle manufacturers do. Since thousands of car crashes happen yearly, they are said to be foreseeable events of which vehicle manufacturers are well aware. To that end, manufacturers are expected to design their cars to minimize the risk of serious injury to drivers and passengers. However, manufacturers sometimes implement cost-saving measures which decrease the number of safety features they include in cars. If a vehicle is not designed with sufficient protection to withstand a crash, the manufacturer may be required to cover the cost of medical treatment and any other damages resulting from the collision.
Here, photos of the wreck show the Hyundai suffered significant damage, which raises the question of whether the vehicle provided sufficient protection to its driver. To answer this question, the victim’s family could consult with a personal injury lawyer and initiate an independent investigation into the crash. Personal injury lawyers are trained to exhaust every avenue of potential legal remedy to secure fair compensation for injured victims. As the family awaits more information, we hope the Hyundai driver can fully recover.
The Ammons Law Firm is a personal injury firm focused on catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Contact the Ammons Law Firm today for a free accident review.
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