While cell phones are accurately blamed as the cause for many a fatal accident, they are not the only distraction to a driver. From trying to select just the right song on the car's stereo system to conversation with a passenger, anything that causes a driver to not completely focus on the road can be the cause of a fatal accident. Two members of a Texas family recently died as an alleged result of inattentiveness.
A father, a mother and their two daughters were on their way to church and had stopped to make a left-hand turn when a pickup truck rammed into the back of their passenger van. The collision pushed the van into the lanes of oncoming traffic and into the path of a second pickup truck. The mother and the oldest daughter were killed upon impact. The father remains in critical condition and the youngest daughter was treated at a nearby hospital and released to family friends.
A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety stated their investigation shows the driver of the first pickup truck may have been speeding and was possibly distracted at the time of the crash. He claims he did not see the van. If the district attorney's office chooses to bring the case before a grand jury, the driver could be facing charges of criminally negligent homicide.
In addition to possible charges, this man may also be facing a wrongful death civil lawsuit by relatives of the mother and daughter. Any monetary award would be based on wages they may have earned had they survived the accident, the expenses brought about by the funerals and burials, loss of companionship and other financial losses recognized by applicable law. A Texas attorney who has experience representing grieving family members of those who have died in a fatal accident can help in pursuing recovery of fair compensation.
Source: star-telegram.com, "Funeral services set for his wife, daughter killed in fatal crash", Prescotte Stokes III, Jan. 17, 2018