A fatal accident in Texas can be the result of a number of actions. Distractions from cell phones, passengers, other cars or intoxication from alcohol or drugs can all keep a driver's focus from the road, which can lead to a fatal accident. A recent report tells of the death of a passenger in a single-vehicle wreck.
Police were called to investigate the scene of the accident around 5:45 am. The driver of a Dodge Challenger had allegedly left the scene, but his 19-year-old male passenger was found inside the car. He was suffering from serious injuries and died after his arrival at a nearby hospital.
A search by police determined the driver was a 17-year-old male. After he was identified, authorities placed him under arrest. He faces charges on two second-degree felonies of accident involving death and intoxication manslaughter. A judge set his bond at $150,000.
If convicted, the 17-year-old may not only be facing a jail sentence of between two and 20 years as well as a fine of up to $10,000, but the surviving family of the deceased passenger have the right to file a lawsuit against him in civil court with regard to the fatal accident. A wrongful death claim, which must be based upon evidence of negligence, can seek a monetary judgment for financial losses, including emotional pain and suffering and loss of companionship. Texas residents who have questions about their specific circumstances can seek help from an attorney who is intimately familiar with applicable personal injury laws and local court procedures.
Source: valleycentral.com, "Harlingen police arrest 17-year-old driver accused of leaving scene of fatal crash", Oct. 12, 2017