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T-bone collision on US 280 kills two

Alabama has many miles of rural highways. Many of the intersections of these roads lack modern safety features such as stoplights and warnings about limited visibility. A recent accident on US 280 near Dadeville may provide further proof of the danger of these uncontrolled intersections.

The accident

A man driving a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis was attempting to pull out into U.S. Hwy. 280 when his car was struck by an east bound Chevrolet 1500. Neither the driver nor his passenger was wearing seat belts, and both of them were killed in the collision. No information was provided about the physical condition of the pickup driver.

Determining the cause of the collision

The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, and no details about a possible case were released. Police will need to make careful measurements of the accident scene. If, for example, the pickup truck left skid marks that are significantly than the skid marks left by the Mercury, the disparate length may indicate that the pickup truck was speeding at the time of the collision. No mention was made in published reports of impaired driving, and that data must await the results of toxicology tests. If the driver of the Mercury were determined to have been intoxicated, he may well bear a significant fraction of the blame for the collision.

Recovering damages

The families of the two dead men in the Mercury may wish to explore bringing a claim for wrongful death damages against the driver of the pickup truck. To recover, these families must prove that the driver of the pickup violated one or more duties he owed to the men in the Mercury. One obvious duty would be to refrain from driving after consuming alcohol. Another duty is obedience to posted speed limits.

You may want to seek help

Anyone who suffered an injury or lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for advice in pursuing a claim for damages. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the evidence, suggest arguments to support a recovery, and provide an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for economic loss and medical expenses.