If the driver who failed to yield the right of way in this case had paid attention to the sign, three children would not have been killed.
This is an accident that took the lives of three children and involved a van and a pickup truck. It was a two vehicle crash on Texas Highway 21 at Highway 290. The three children were all under the age of nine years old.
According to the initial police reports the van driver, Tracy Bow (names have been changed to protect the identity of the victims), was driving with a friend, Penny Gonla, and five children. Without any warning, the van was broadsided by a pickup truck, causing it to immediately flip. Responding EMS crews had the devastating duty of pronouncing three of the five children dead at the scene.
The van driver, her passenger and two other kids were seriously injured and taken immediately to the nearest local hospital. One of the children was listed in critical condition and Penny suffered a broken back and leg. The pickup truck driver and his passenger were not hurt in the collision.
The driver of the van and her passenger will definitely have a good chance at filing a personal injury lawsuit and a wrongful death suit as a result of this accident. No one is quite sure why the truck didn’t yield the right of way and the investigation will be ongoing until that is sorted out. It may have something to do with driver distraction, mechanical failure or the driver thinking he had the right of way and the van was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
No matter what the outcome of this incident is, if you have been in a similar situation, it is imperative that you immediately contact an Austin personal injury attorney and find out what your rights are. Make a note of all the details that you are able to remember and discuss your situation with your Austin personal injury attorney, who will make sure you receive the compensation you deserve based on the severity of the injuries involved in your case.
Beverly Aylmer writes for Lee, Gober & Reyna. If you need an Austin personal injury lawyer, contact an Austin personal injury attorney from Lee, Gober & Reyna.