The aftermath of a fatal accident can be devastating for a victim's surviving family. For the loved ones of the person who was killed, it is a pain-filled parting with no goodbyes. For the person who caused the fatal accident, it may mean criminal charges, jail time and civil lawsuits. A local police department in Texas is investigating an accident that resulted in the deaths of a pregnant teenage girl and the baby she was carrying.
Information from the investigation, including eyewitness accounts, have led police to believe that an SUV --occupied by the pregnant teen, her unborn baby and a male passenger -- was struck by a Mercedes sedan. Both vehicles were occupied by a driver and a passenger. The Mercedes was operated by an off-duty firefighter. Medical personnel were able to deliver the girl's baby, but it did not survive. Her passenger was seriously hurt and transported to a local hospital.
The investigative report stated the firefighter of 12 years had been drinking at a nearby bar before he and his passenger began their journey on the highway. In addition to being intoxicated, it was noted he had been speeding at the time of the collision. He has been placed on administrative leave from his department and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
A fatal accident often causes a hardship for surviving family members. Apart from the emotional devastation, funeral and burial expenses are costly. Family members in this type situation usually contact an attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties believed responsible. An injured victim has a separate right to pursue a claim for personal injuries. Experienced lawyers who know the law and local court procedures in Texas are a significant resource in pursuing recovery of monetary damages from all available outlets..
Source: CBS DFW, "Off-Duty Dallas Fireman Involved In Crash That Killed Pregnant Teen, Unborn Baby", Dec. 13, 2017