Motorist dies following collision with 18-wheeler
EDINBURG – An Edinburg man is dead following an August 20 traffic accident on the I-69 highway. According to the Edinburg Police Department, the accident happened about 9:00 p.m. on the highway frontage road near Rogers Road.
When officers arrived on the scene of the crash, they found that a beige Chrysler minivan had struck the rear side of an 18-wheeler that was traveling north on Frontage Road, a news release stated.
The report states that the minivan was heavily damaged, and that the driver had to be transported to Doctors Hospital at Renaissance where he subsequently died of his injuries. The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Edinburg resident, Daniel Laureano.
Police say the driver of the 18-wheeler (whose name was not released) was not injured in the crash and that he cooperated with the police investigation. The case remained under investigation as of this writing, and it was not immediately known how the minivan came to collide with the back of the big rig trailer.
Is the trailing driver always at fault in a rear-end collision?
Most people assume that rear-end traffic accidents are always the fault of the driver who rear-ended the vehicle in front of them, but this is not always true. It is possible for the driver who was in front to be at fault for the accident.
These are just a few examples of how a front driver could be blamed for a rear-end collision:
- Slowing down and signaling to make a turn, but not executing the turn
- Stopping suddenly because of a distraction
- Driving while intoxicated and performing an erratic maneuver
- Having broken or defective brake lights that fail to warn trailing drivers the vehicle is braking
- Stopping in the middle of the road because of mechanical failure without using hazard lights
- Performing a so-called “brake check” (tapping brakes) due to road rage
When to contact an experienced attorney following a rear-end crash
The causes of rear-end accidents can be disputed, but it takes an experienced car accident attorney to gather the proper evidence to actually prove who was at fault. Because liability in rear-end crashes can be complicated, you want the right car accident lawyer on the case as soon as possible.
But always get the medical attention you need first! Documenting your injuries is critical to building a justifiable personal injury claim. Once you do that, you should contact the J. Gonzalez Law Firm. We will most likely be able to represent you in your rear-end accident case if:
- You believe the other driver was to blame
- You suffered injuries that required medical care and/or time away from work
- You suffered any other losses due to the crash
- Your child suffered injuries in the rear-end accident
- You lost a close family member, such as a spouse, parent, or child, in the accident
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