A fatal head-on collision between a semi-truck and a passenger Chevy claimed the life of Ms. Hylander on the morning of Monday, October 14th. Emergency units responded to the accident but the 80-year-old driver of the passenger car was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hylander was reportedly traveling westbound on Farm to Market Road 967 (FM 967) when an oncoming truck crossed the median and struck the victim's Impala directly. It is not clear what caused the truck to cross into oncoming traffic, but it is believed that the driver lost control and may have over-compensated, resulting in the crash.
The driver of the semi has been identified as Charmell Ramone Randle, a 35-year-old from Austin.
Officials have indicated that no charges have been brought forth, but that an investigation into the exact circumstances is ongoing, and could result in criminal proceedings down the line.
Marc Lenahan, an experienced attorney and contributor to Legal Herald, offered the following insight for families of victims killed in truck accidents:
"After a catastrophic truck accident takes place, the families of victims tend to believe that auto insurance policies will pay out quickly and also ensure that everything is taken care of. Unfortunately, this is hardly the truth, as insurance companies generally have a single goal: to save as much money as possible.
To do this, they hire experienced adjusters whose only job is to decrease the amount of money that the insurer pays out. Indeed, they are trained to look for reasons that allows them to reduce the compensation or even deny it outright. In the cases where insurance policies pay out the full amount, this can often be insufficient for the loved ones of victims to cover all the damages resulting from the accident.
For this reason, the law allows the families of victims involved in truck crashes to pursue full compensation through a truck accident lawsuit.
This type of lawsuit is one which is filed against a person who is considered to have acted negligently and caused the accident. And since it is a civil case, it is not required for criminal charges to be filed against a person for truck accident lawsuits to be won.
The amount of compensation, or what is received after winning a truck accident lawsuit, is specific to each case. Therefore, the loved ones of victims should consult their specific situation with an attorney experienced in this area of the law as soon as possible. An attorney will be able to analyze the facts of the case and present the families of the victim with all of the legal options available to them."