Fatal accidents can happen anywhere, especially if negligence is present. In Dallas, Texas, local readers often see news of fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by drivers who were driving drunk and disobeying traffic laws, as well as speeding. Such behaviors are signs of negligence and whenever a negligent driver causes a collision resulting in injuries or fatalities, that driver may face both criminal and civil liabilities.
In Harris County, Texas, a 34-year-old suspected drunk driver recently caused a fatal crash that killed five people. Only one person survived the crash, but she remains in critical condition. Based on a report, the suspected drunk driver was driving his pickup truck in the wrong direction when it struck another vehicle in which the victims were riding. The people inside the second vehicle were not wearing their safety harnesses when the collision occurred. The report indicated that the driver's blood alcohol level was 0.23 percent at the time of the collision; the suspected drunk driver sustained injuries and was taken to the hospital. He was charged with one count of intoxication assault and five counts of intoxication manslaughter.
Drunk driving accidents are one of the major causes of traffic fatalities in Texas and across the country. Authorities urge the public not to allow family members who have already consumed alcohol to get into the driver's seat, so as to avoid the drunk driving accidents that continue to claim lives.
Surviving family members of the deceased victims may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to receive damages for their losses. Such cases can be settled through traditional litigation or through negotiation. The plaintiff may receive compensation for pain and suffering and other related expenses. Pecuniary damages may be awarded to the plaintiff to ensure that the same incident does not happen again.
Source: Click2Houston.com, "HCSO: driver charged in wrong-way crash that killed 5," Phil Archer, June 30, 2014