A 57-year-old Lott resident died when her General Motors Company (GMC) sports utility vehicle (SUV) hydroplaned on a wet U.S. Highway 77 during morning rush hour on April 24.
According to a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), the female motorist had been traveling northbound along U.S. Highway 77 just east of Farm-to-Market (FM) Road 2939 before the crash. That stretch of highway sits just 13 miles to the south of Waco.
Around 7:48 a.m., the woman suddenly lost control of her vehicle on the wet pavement. Her SUV then crossed into Hwy. 77's southbound lane where it collided head-on with a Peterbilt 18-wheeler.
Police believe that the SUV's driver was killed instantly in that crash. The semitruck's driver suffered some injuries but is expected to survive.
TxDPS investigators continue to try to make sense as to why the crash occurred. They believe that the slick pavement may have played a significant role in causing the Central Texas crash though.
When accidents occur, police often work hard to determine which motorist may have been responsible for causing a crash. They use that information to decide whether to issue a party a citation. Insurance companies use that information to determine who to hold financially responsible for injuries and property damage.
Assigning liability in motor vehicle accident cases isn't always as clear cut as it seems though. When an automobile hydroplanes, the quality of tires or the build of a car may also be investigated. If either is deemed to have been poorly designed or produced, then a truck accidents attorney may advise you of your right to sue them for damages.