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Arlington, Texas Tractor-Trailer Crash Kills Two, Critically Injures One

Two people were killed Saturday afternoon in an auto crash with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 in Texas.

While moving from the highway shoulder onto the highway, the truck collided with their 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue near State Highway 360.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s officer identified Natalie Aguilar, 18, of Garland, Texas, who died at the scene of the accident.  Oscar Zapata of Weatherford, Texas was identified Sunday according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s Web site as a second passenger who was killed in this fatal collision.  Zapata, 24 died at an Arlington hospital about an hour after the accident.

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old from Garland, was taken to a Fort Worth hospital where he is listed in critical condition.  Arlington police found open beer containers inside the car.  No charges had been filed in the case, police said.

The 51-year-old truck driver from Midlothian was not injured.

The traffic deaths were the fourth and fifth in the city this year.

Cases involving tractor trailers involve a much more rigorous investigation, where an experienced Texas Trucking Accident Lawyer would check out the truck driver’s driving logs to see if he had driven more than his legally allotted hours, investigate whether the driver of this tractor trailer was distracted while driving, check to see if drugs or alcohol were involved, and many more.  Large trucks are involved in 49 accidents a day and in at least one of those accidents each day, a life will end.  In most cases, the injured party is an occupant of the smaller car or truck involved in the crash.

We have experience handling many multi-million dollar trucking injury and tractor-trailer death cases in Texas.  Contact us at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers  or at info@smslegal.com or complete the contact form on our web site for more information.  We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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