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Fatal Texas accident apparently caused by reckless driving

No matter how cautious one is when driving on an Interstate, highway safety depends upon all drivers who are sharing the roads in Texas. A good driver remains at-risk and, unfortunately, can become a casualty due to the reckless driving of another. Driving at excessive rates of speed with disregard to traffic laws, or under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, adds to the risk of potential tragedy and places the lives of others in danger.

Such a tragedy appears to have become a reality in the wee hours of a recent Tuesday morning when a deadly crash occurred on I-10 in Baytown. A lieutenant, acting as a spokesman for the city police department, stated that the wreck happened at 1 a.m. on the westbound side of the roadway. Two vehicles were involved, with one driver blamed for the wreck.

The officer stated that one of the drivers was traveling east in the westbound lane of traffic.  His vehicle slammed into another car which was headed in the proper direction. It is believed that the man driving in the wrong direction entered the westbound lane at the North Main or Garth entrance of Interstate 10.

The driver of the car that was struck was found dead at the scene. The identity of the deceased was not released initially. According to reports, the other driver was transported to a Houston hospital. Though details of his condition were not provided, authorities stated that it was believed that the hospital staff would release him later that day.

Police say that the man is suspected of driving while intoxicated at the time of the accident. They expect criminal charges to be filed against him. When a life is lost due to the reckless driving and irresponsible actions of another, it is tragic. In the state of Texas, surviving family members have the right to file a claim in a court of law in order to seek compensation for personal losses suffered due to the untimely death of their loved one.

Source: chron.com, "Wrong-way driver blamed in deadly Baytown crash", Dale Lezon, Dec.23, 2014

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