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Fatal one-car crash being investigated

Car accidents during the holiday season are especially tragic, as it is a time for families to get together and celebrate the season. For the family of a man from Hurst, they will unfortunately feel the pain of losing a loved one during what is supposed to be a special time.

A man was killed when his SUV crashed into a small creek just off of I-635 in Coppell. According to authorities, the crash occurred around 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. No other vehicles were involved, but police are investigating to determine what caused the accident. The crash interrupted traffic on two eastbound lanes of I-635.

The investigation could reveal several important clues to determine the cause of the accident. Essentially, investigators can learn whether excessive speed played a part in the crash, which would point towards driver error being the culprit in the crash. However, if mechanical errors were to blame, the manufacturer could be held liable.

Automakers have a legal duty to address defects in their vehicles that could put consumers in danger. Recalls are the most common method of correcting these issues. An automaker will issue a notice that a particular problem must be corrected, and the owner can bring the vehicle in for repairs.

If an automaker fails to issue a recall for a defect it has been made aware of (or does not make the specified repairs) it could be held liable for injuries sustained in connection with the defect. It remains to be seen whether the 2008 Toyota Highlander involved in the crash was subject to any recall notices.

Source:, “Driver dies after plunging into creek of Interstate 635 in Coppell,” Matt Peterson, December 31, 2013

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