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Houston semi-truck crash takes life of SUV driver

Every day, motorists drive side-by-side with commercial semi-trucks on roads throughout Texas. Although many operators of these trucks are well-trained, responsible drivers, truck accidents still happen with devastating consequences. Unfortunately, occupants of passenger vehicles involved in these crashes often pay an immense physical price.

A recent wreck involving an 18-wheeler on the Southwest Freeway has led to the death of a motorist in another vehicle. An SUV reportedly collided with a USPS semi-truck, and both vehicles caught fire. The front of the semi-truck was suspended over the edge of the freeway as motorists watched in disbelief. 

The accident claimed the life of the woman driving the SUV. The operator of the semi-truck was hospitalized, and recovery is anticipated.

All freeway lanes at Chimney Rock were closed while firefighters worked to put out the fire and clear the wreckage from the road. During the initial investigation, police did not say exactly what caused the accident, though the SUV driver was said to be driving erratically. The semi-truck was reportedly empty of mail at the time of the collision.

Aside from the indescribable grief of suddenly losing a loved one in an auto accident, serious crashes often result in heavy medical bills prior to a person's death. A fatal accident may also lead to expensive funeral costs and a family's loss of income. In any case, a full investigation of the accident should be conducted, and surviving family members may want to gain a full understanding of their legal rights in the wake of a fatal crash.

Source: ABC 13, "Fiery fatal wreck shuts down Southwest Freeway lanes at Chimney Rock," March 31, 2014

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