A 24-year-old woman ran into car problems recently in Tarrant County. She pulled her SUV off the road shortly before midnight on a Saturday night in mid June. Little did she know that, in the ensuing minutes, she and three other individuals that came to help her would be the victims of a horrific multi-vehicle pedestrian car accident. As Texas authorities delve into a complex investigation, their findings may be of use in any wrongful death civil claims that are pursued in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Fatal accidents occur all too often along the many roads that intersect the United States. Although the cause of many of these accidents can be quickly determined by law enforcement officials, there are other accidents that require further investigative tasks to be completed in order for a cause to be determined. This investigation into a fatal accident may be crucial in assisting a Texas family to determine whether they have the grounds to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their lost loved one.
Like baseball -- the Great American Pastime -- automobile travel has become a deeply ingrained part of American culture. It is not only our primary source of transportation, but also serves as a symbol of independence and a rite of passage among adolescents. However, there is no denying that driving can be extremely dangerous. A recent three-vehicle crash serves as a reminder of the hazards of road travel, and it isn't difficult to imagine that a wrongful death lawsuit could be filed against the driver believed to be responsible for the Texas crash.
Recently, one stretch of interstate in Texas saw two fatal wrong-way crashes within a 48-hour period. A state trooper with over 10 years of experience told reporters that he has never seen two fatal wrong-way accidents in such a short period of time. He went on to say that any wrong-way crash is tragic because this type of accident is preventable, given the clear presence of road signs.
A collision occurred on May 27 in Corpus Christi that may take authorities a little time to work out. The accident underscores the importance of observing the rules of the road in Texas. In this case, a motorcycle accident may or may not have been avoidable, depending on who you ask.
When a Texas rancher found a man molesting his daughter, he did something that many parents can easily imagine themselves doing: he pulled the man off of his daughter and beat him to death. This case has received wide media coverage, and has captivated viewers across the nation. The incident raises a number of questions about the use of deadly force, and about the right of citizens to take the law into their own hands when confronted with a crime in progress. The case also invites debate over whether a wrongful death suit is possible when someone is killed while in the act of committing a crime.
A 67-year-old man was working for a cement and construction company when he fell several feet and hit his head. He lost consciousness, but instead of calling 911, the man's boss allegedly ordered a drug test on the injured worker while he lay on the floor dying. The call to 911 was not made for several hours, even though the man worked for the Texas company for some 38 years and was set to retire within two weeks. The injured employee eventually died after being transported to a local hospital. Now the decedent's widow is suing the company for the wrongful death of her husband.
Applebee's has settled a civil lawsuit brought by a Texas family whose son suffered a brain injury in a car accident. The crash was reportedly caused by a drunk driver who had been a patron of an Applebee's in Mansfield, Texas. The lawsuit alleged -- with receipts backing up the claim -- that the establishment had served the patron over 20 drinks in less than a two-hour time span. At the time of the accident that caused the boy's brain injury, the driver's blood-alcohol content was shown to be more than triple the legal limit of .08 percent.
A recent head-on collision in Mesquite has taken the lives of a 27-year-old Texas woman, her three young children and a 70-year-old man. According to authorities, the mother was headed eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 with her children -- ages 10 months, 3 and 5 -- when her pickup truck collided with an SUV head-on.