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Heavy fog a factor in fatal Texas auto accident

When an accident occurs, it can sometimes be hard to determine who is at fault. Depending on the circumstances, a driver may be found to be entirely at fault or partially at fault. Factors like inclement weather can also affect the determination of fault in the aftermath of an auto accident.

On Nov. 1, a three-vehicle truck collision left two people dead on Texas 16 in the early morning hours. Officials believe that thick fog was a significant factor in the crash. The fog was so heavy that it is also thought to have contributed to a fatal plane crashing near San Marcos.

The auto accident, which occurred in Atascosa County, happened when a Chevrolet pickup truck was attempting to pass another car. At that point, the Chevy crashed head-on into a Ford F-350 that was traveling in the opposite direction. Then, another vehicle hit both trucks.

Two men in the Chevrolet pickup -- the 40-year-old driver and a 57-year-old passenger -- died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision. Two other passengers in the same vehicle were seriously injured and transported to local hospitals. The drivers of the two other vehicles were also seriously injured.

When heavy fog impairs visibility, drivers have an obligation to take the necessary precautions. In this case, it is possible that crossing into oncoming traffic to pass another vehicle during very foggy weather could be seen as negligent. That means the injured parties or their families may have grounds for a civil lawsuit to recover compensation for damages.

Source: mysanantonio.com, "Fatal wreck, plane crash occur in thick fog," Ana Ley, Nov. 1, 2012

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