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Child killed in accident with Texas wrecker

Truck accidents are all too common in Texas and take the lives of many people each year. But semi trucks aren't the only type of powerful vehicles on the roads that are capable of doing serious damage. Accidents involving tow trucks can also be very dangerous.

In fact, last week, a 9-year-old girl was tragically killed in suburban Dallas, Texas, when the car she was riding in was rear-ended by a tow truck. The girl's 32-year-old mother and 12-year-old sister, who were in the driver's seat and front passenger seat, respectively, were both injured in the accident and had to be taken to the hospital.

Reportedly, the accident occurred on the southbound access road to State Highway 121 in Frisco when the car the family was traveling in began experiencing engine trouble and either slowed down or stopped in the middle lane before being collided into from behind.

The tow truck was being driven by a 49-year-old man from Frisco, who was not injured in the accident. At this point, the company that the man works for has not been released and the driver has not been charged. However, police are still investigating.

Serious accidents involving big trucks are often investigated to determine if an operating mistake or mechanical problem was the cause. In cases where the truck driver or the driver's company is at fault, it is often possible to bring a personal injury lawsuit for economic and non-economic damages.

Of course, no amount of money from a lawsuit could ever fill the void created by losing a loved one in an accident, but a damage award can help to cover the financial burdens such as medical bills and lost wages that families often face. Additionally, damage awards can help to prevent a similar accident from happening in the future by punishing the parties at fault.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Texas wrecker rear-ends car, kills 9-year-old girl," 6/9/2011.

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