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Wrongful death claims may follow fatal Texas accident

Understandably, losing a loved one in a car accidents is devastating. In addition to the emotional trauma, surviving family members typically have to cope with end-of-life arrangements and expenses while grieving. The situation is even more distressing when a life are taken in an accident that could have been prevented. While no monetary compensation will relieve the grief, a successful wrongful death claim in a Texas civil court may lead to compensation that will ease the financial burden brought about by such a tragedy.

Authorities urged drivers to reduce traveling speeds and maintain safe following distances in adverse weather conditions after a tragic accident that recently claimed the lives of two occupants of a car in Smith County. Reportedly, a 30-year-old pickup truck driver crossed from the southbound into the northbound lanes of a local highway, causing a head-on collision with an SUV carrying six people. The reason for crossing the center line of the roadway is yet to be determined.

The SUV driver died on impact, and the front seat passenger died after being admitted to the hospital. Of the four youths who were passengers in the SUV, three are the children of the deceased driver. One of them, along with the fourth passenger, suffered critical injuries, and the other two were released after being treated. The pickup truck driver was hospitalized, but the severity of his injuries is unknown.

Funeral and burial expenses, along with medical bills and other economic losses after a vehicle accident can be detrimental to the financial stability of any Texas family. If a family member's death or injuries were a direct result of the negligence of another party, a wrongful death or personal injury claim may be filed to pursue reimbursement of financial damages. It will first be necessary to establish financial liability based upon proof of negligence, after which the court will consider demands for specific items of damages.

Source: ketknbc.com, "Conditions released on victims in Wednesday evening fatal crash", March 4, 2015

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