Road conditions are often key factors in motor vehicle accidents in Texas. A catastrophic collision that recently occurred took place on a stretch of road that local officials say is often dark, with poor visibility for travelers. The crash occurred on a Sunday evening, involving a car and a tractor-trailer.

Texas State Police troopers who responded to the scene said there are no lights on that particular section of roadway. Lack of visibility may have been a causal factor leading the driver of a car to veer out of the traffic lane. Moments later, the car collided with an 18-wheeler.

A 21-year-old woman who was traveling as a passenger in the car was fatally injured in the crash. No information was provided regarding the driver’s condition. As is often the case in similar situations, investigators continue their quest to gather evidence regarding the exact cause of the collision.

When a catastrophic collision results in fatality, Texas law allows immediate family members of the deceased to file wrongful death claims in civil court if evidence of driver negligence or recklessness exists. There is no replacement for the loss of human life. However, court-awarded compensation in a successfully litigated case can help alleviate financial distress as loved ones try to come up with funds to pay funeral expenses and other costs associated with their family member’s death. Anyone currently considering filing a wrongful death claim may want to discuss his or her case with an experienced personal injury attorney before heading to court.