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Texas intersection modified after series of car accidents

Usually, when we talk about accidents, it’s about drunk driving or negligence on the part of one of the drivers. But there are other factors that cause car accidents that are less obvious, but just as dangerous. City planners, in an effort to stay within a budget or save money, often cut corners or simply overlook dangerous conditions at intersections around Texas.

When that happens, the consequences can be devastating. One such intersection exists in East Texas and it has been the site of dozens of tragic accidents over the years. Local residents have known about the problem for a many years. They say that the intersection’s blind spots and fast traffic make the potential for wrecks extremely high and have lobbied Upshur County in an effort to make administrators take action.

Finally, after seven years of petitioning, the county is doing something about it. But residents still feel it’s not enough. Locals say a red light would solve the issue permanently, but so far the county only plans on making a turn lane for both directions.

Sadly, even this small remedy came too late for one little girl in Upshur County. She was paralyzed in an accident at the intersection a couple of years ago and no one is sure if she’ll ever walk again. The thought of it still brings tears to her eyes.

Being involved in a car wreck can be devastating, especially when you’re left unable to work or burdened with a mountain of medical expenses. You might not know where to turn for help if your insurance company has refused to help. Even if you feel neither driver was at fault, speaking with a Texas attorney may reveal other courses of action.

Source:, “Multiple accidents prompt changes at Upshur Co. intersection,” Bob Hallmark, June 27, 2014

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