Numerous Texas residents know from personal experience that mechanical failures while driving, such as a tire blow out, are hazardous. In some cases, it may be difficult to control a vehicle when a failure happens -- especially at highway speeds. If a driver is unable to regain control of his or her vehicle, a car accident could be the result.
The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that a blown tire caused an accident that occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. on a recent Saturday. When the tire blew, the 18-year-old man driving the vehicle was unable to maintain control of it. The vehicle flipped numerous times and ejected the two passengers in the process.
All three of the vehicle occupants initially survived the crash. They suffered serious injuries for which they were transported to a hospital in the area for treatment. One of the passengers, an 18-year-old man, failed to live through the night. At last report, the driver and the other passenger remain hospitalized in critical condition. Even so, an assistant coach from Texas College, which is where the two are students, said they are expected to fully recover from their injuries.
The family of the deceased passenger and the surviving passenger retain the right to file civil actions against the driver. However, if an investigation reveals that the tire blew due to the negligence of someone other than the driver, additional parties may be added to a wrongful death or personal injury claim. Furthermore, the driver may also have a claim as well. However, that does not necessarily release the driver from liability. All of the parties involved would most likely benefit from an understanding of their rights and responsibilities in connection with this car accident.
Source: kltv.com, "DPS identifies students killed in fatal rollover wreck", Sept. 27, 2015