All too often, driving after consuming a substance that impairs a person's faculties as well as physical reactions can have long-lasting consequences. Minor fender-benders can cause insurance rates to increase for a number of years and a fatal accident can result in insurance cancellation, driver's license revocation, time in jail and additional adverse woes. Texas police were recently called to the scene of a fatal accident they say was caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
Police summation of events indicate a 41-year-old male driving a Jeep Wrangler veered off the lane in which he was traveling, crossed the median and hit a Fiat headed in the opposite direction. Two members of the family of four in the Fiat, the mother and son, were killed instantly. The other two, the father and daughter, were transported to a local hospital where the father later died, according to an updated report.
After blood alcohol testing, it was determined the driver of the Jeep had a BAC of .203, two-and-a-half times the legal limit. He was originally charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one of intoxication assault, but after the third death, there may be additional charges. Another car was mentioned in a report on the incident, but there were no further details on the damages sustained by the car or the occupants.
This will be an event which the surviving daughter, other family members and close friends may never fully overcome. Those who will be named guardians for the daughter may want to file a wrongful death lawsuit on her behalf for financial compensation that, if awarded, will cover expenses she will encounter as she gets older. A personal injury attorney will work with those in Texas who have lost loved ones in a catastrophic fatal accident build a strong case and fight to get the compensation they deserve.
Source: fox7austin.com, "Mother and teen son killed in weekend crash in NW Austin", Bridget Spencer, Nov. 13, 2017