Texas law enforcement officers are aware of the dangers they face when they are on the job. There are risks inherent with the work they do and they understand and accept that. However, there are times when they can be confronted with the same basic problems that all people face such as a fatal car crash when out on the road. Although it can be difficult, if there is a fatal accident, those who are dealing with the aftermath of the loss of a loved one should be cognizant of the steps to take to file a wrongful death legal filing.
A police officer heading for a law enforcement conference in Dallas was killed when the vehicle she was driving was rear-ended by a Chevrolet pickup. The vehicle was an unmarked police car with the woman, 33, and two other officers in it. There was traffic on the road ahead of them due to an earlier accident and they had slowed. The pickup did not slow and subsequently crashed.
The conference was for a group that advocates for children. She was married and had a toddler. She had been a police officer for around three years. The other officers in the vehicle were injured and taken to the hospital. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the pickup was also hospitalized. The case is being investigated.
Losing a loved one is a painful experience, but the circumstances of this kind of incident will inevitably vary. In this case, the woman who died was a law enforcement officer, a wife and a young mother of a ten-month old infant. There will be the loss of companionship, loss of income, and more. Insurance companies will try to offer a settlement to avoid a costly legal filing and families will frequently make the mistake of accepting the offer before realizing all they have lost. While the case is being investigated, it is still important that her family protect themselves and speak to a legal professional about a lawsuit.
Source: dfw.cbslocal.com, “Abilene Detective Killed In Traffic Accident On Way To Dallas Conference,” Kristin Weisell, Aug. 7, 2017