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Student Rachel DeLorme in fatal car crash in Longview, Texas.

Reports coming out of Longview, Texas state that Rachel Elizabeth DeLorme, 19, of Hallsville was involved in a fatal car accident. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 12 PM on FM 2208 near Longview. Police reports state that the driver of a Ford F-150 pick-up truck, Phillip Lamar Martindale of Arp, was on the highway when a Hyundai Accent, driven by DeLorme, drove into oncoming traffic and hit the Ford. DeLorme died from the injuries she sustained in the accident while Martindale was taken to the hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.

We wonder what the cause of the accident was. Did the driver lose control of the vehicle? Was there a vehicle malfunction? Was this a case of distracted driving? Was the driver attempting to avoid an obstacle in the road? Reports state that there have been multiple accidents at this site due to speed issues. Perhaps this was a factor in the accident.

Head-on collisions are not uncommon in Texas.

Reports coming out of Tahoka state that three people died in a fatal car accident. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 3:30 PM on Highway 87, near Tahoka. The three victims were Madison Kate Lockaby, 19, Daryl Shueller, and Heike Shueller. Police state that Lockaby was driving south on the highway when it hit a pick-up truck. Lockaby's car, an SUV, swerved into the other lane into oncoming traffic and hit the Shuellers' car head-on. Though reasons for the accident are not yet completely known, police believe that speed may have been a factor in the accident. Lockaby was a student at Texas Tech University. We wonder if this case could trigger a wrongful death claim.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the victims' families and communities, who we imagine have been deeply affected by these tragedies. We understand that they may have many questions and we urge them to contact a personal injury attorney, who may be able to clarify their rights and options.

-- Article by Richard D. Weaver, a Texas personal injury attorney.

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