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Two people died Sunday morning when a driver lost control of his truck and crashed into parked at a standalone ATM.

Saginaw police said Monday that 25-year-old William Harrell was driving his Ford F250 pickup northbound along the 1000 block of N. Saginaw Boulevard at about 9:30 a.m. when he crossed over the southbound lanes, left the roadway, cleared a grassy median and smashed into a Chrysler 300 parked at a standalone ATM. There is no indication as to why William Harrell crossed over the lanes, but it would be his responsibility to maintain control of his vehicle. If he had some medical emergency, that would create an excuse, however, that may not shield him from liability for the injuries and death of any party that he injured.

The driver of the Chrysler has been identified as 43-year-old Bobby Bibles. Bibles was in the middle of a transaction at the ATM when he was struck. Police said the collision ejected Bibles from his car and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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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?