Sometimes, it is difficult to determine who is at fault in a car accident, and investigating authorities have to work hard to establish liability, especially when fatalities are involved. Two people lost their lives in a Texas accident recently and two other people suffered injuries. The fatal accident happened on a Friday night, but it was not immediately clear from the initial reports as to who was at fault.
The wreck occurred at about 5:30 p.m. It took place near County Road 4601, along Highway 121. Police said a man and woman were pulling out of a driveway onto the highway. All of a sudden, they were struck by a car that was heading north.
The man and woman died at the accident scene. Their grandchild, 13, suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital via helicopter; he ended up being released. Meanwhile, the driver who reportedly struck the man and woman's vehicle suffered injuries deemed not to be life-threatening. This driver is a police officer who was off duty at the time. Police continued to investigate the crash.
An investigation by police may provide information about who was at fault in this fatal accident in Texas. If the off-duty officer is considered to be at fault due to negligence -- for example, speeding -- then the loved ones of the man and woman who died in the crash may decide to file wrongful death claims against this individual. Meanwhile, if officials determine that the driver of the vehicle exiting the driveway was at fault due to not appropriately yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic, the injured off-duty officer may choose to file a personal injury claim against this driver's estate.
Source: kxii.com, "Two killed, two injured in Trenton accident", Jan. 24, 2016