It is not uncommon for there to be traffic on Texas roadways after midnight, especially on New Year’s Eve. Many people stay late to parties to ring in the New Year, then travel home in the wee hours of the morning. This past New Year’s Eve ended tragically for some at an intersection where a collision occurred.
Police say driver failed to yield the right of way
Experienced drivers understand that they must be especially alert and cautious when approaching an intersection. If multiple cars approach simultaneously, it is imperative that all drivers carefully adhere to the rules of the road for yielding a right of way. In the recent collision, police say one of the drivers was making a turn and should have yielded the right of way to the other driver but did not.
Numerous lives lost and several other people with severe injuries
The car that failed to yield the right of way collided with another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to a hospital with critical but not life-threatening injuries. There were numerous people in the first car. Sadly, three of them died. Four other people suffered injuries, several of whom were listed in critical condition.
Intersection collisions often lead to litigation
Many Texas collisions occur at intersections. In some cases, drivers failed to stop at red lights or, as in this case, failed to yield a right of way to another driver. In situations where driver negligence has resulted in injury to others, state law allows recovering victims to seek compensation for damages in a civil court. If a victim has died, an immediate family member may file a wrongful death claim instead.