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One person died and one was injured in a crash involving a disabled vehicle in Arlington Wednesday night, police say.

Two vehicles crashed about 8 p.m. on southbound U.S. Highway 287 and westbound Interstate 20.

Police said Richard Spencer, 58, of Arlington, died in the crash.

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As Rockwall and Kaufman counties continue to see record growth and our roads become increasing clogged with traffic, we are seeing more and more accidents that involve catastrophic injuries resulting in the death of a loved one. When these types of accidents occur, the family is often left wondering what to do now. Most people have heard the term “wrongful death” and maybe some have some familiarity with what a “survivor” action is, but they are often confused about the difference between the two types of claims. We understand that the differences can be a little convoluted and that is why we aim to better inform you of the different types of claims if you or a loved one is killed in an accident.

It is really important to understand that wrongful death and survival actions are two separate causes of action when a loved one has been killed in a Texas auto or truck accident. The family may have the ability to file both types of actions in Texas, but they have a similar effect, which is where the confusion typically lies. The purpose of this article is to provide you with a better understanding of the types of claims that may be made and how the claims may be brought and administered by the family and their representatives. Here are the basics:

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

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via nbcdfw.com: Police in Burleson say two people have been killed in an accident involving three vehicles.

Investigators from the Department of Public safety say that the driver of a mini-van stopped on Renfro Street to turn left into Cana Baptist Church’s parking lot.

At that time, the driver of a Ford F150 Pickup struck the mini-van from behind, sending it into on-coming traffic. That caused the ricochet accident involving a Ford Ranger that was heading the opposite direction then hit the mini-van.

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Via nbcdfw.com: Princeton- The westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 380 were closed in Princeton for several hours Wednesday due to a head-on collision that left one person dead. Princeton police told NBC 5 an SUV was traveling east from Central Expressway toward Lavon Lake when the vehicle crossed the center line hitting a sedan traveling west.

The driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene while the SUV’s driver was transported to the hospital. No word yet on their names or the cause of the crash.

This is a developing story. For updates and more information, click Here.

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via SanAngelolive.com: Three people were killed this past Friday morning in a horrific fatality accident. According to the Texas DPS, a 2008 Ram Pickup was traveling north on US. 83 near the Concho and Menard County line. Meanwhile a 2004 Nissan Maxima was traveling south on the same roadway.

DPS noted that this section of U.S. 83 near where the crash occurred reduces from two lanes in both directions with a grassy median down to a single lane both directions.

The Ram pickup driver, Jasus Ruben Villegas, 24, of San Antonio, lost control, DPS reported. His truck veered across the centerline and into the oncoming lane of traffic. The Nissan, driven by Linda Faye Russell, 58, of Doole, didn’t have time to evade a head-on collision with the passenger side of the Ram.

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ALMA, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A fiery crash involving an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck left one person dead and closed southbound I-45 early Saturday morning.

It happened around 2:15 a.m. near the town of Alma – north of Corsicana. The big rig – loaded with roofing materials – caught fire and burned for several hours. Officials confirm one person died on scene. No further details are known at this time.

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via the Fort Worth Star Telegram- Authorities have identified two people who died in motor vehicle crashes on Sunday.

Carol Rosas, 51, of Fort Worth, was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a rollover wreck in the 100 block of West Berry Street. She pronounced dead about 2:10 p.m. after she was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. Rosas died of blunt force trauma to the chest.

Morgan Lawrence, 28, of Denton, was struck by a vehicle in the 26700 block of East University Drive in Little Elm and pronounced dead about 7:45 a.m., according to the Tarrant County M.E.’s office. Lawrence died from blunt force trauma to the head.

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via Fort-Worth Star Telegram- Four people died early Monday in car wrecks in Dallas.

The first came about 12:30 a.m. when two men were killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 35E.

One man was driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra southbound on northbound I-35 when he collided with a 2012 Ford Expedition being driven by a 34-year-old man, according to a news release emailed by Dallas police.