When negligence causes a fatal accident, there is often a ripple effect that lasts for many years. The accused person may face years in prison if criminal charges result in a conviction. However, the surviving family and friends of someone killed in a fatal accident have to learn to live without someone they cherish. A Texas woman has yet another trial delay after being indicted for two counts of intoxication manslaughter.
One year ago this month, a man pulled his pickup truck to the side of the road to help another driver who had also pulled over because of a flat tire. As the two were changing the tire, a third driver came upon the scene and hit the parked pickup truck. The truck then hit the back of the car with the flat tire which, in turn, hit the two people working on the flat. The driver of the pickup died upon impact, and the other driver succumbed to her injuries after being transported to a nearby hospital.
Police investigation into the accident found that the blood alcohol content of driver of the third vehicle measured at .148, nearly twice the legal limit of .08. All indications showed she was also speeding when she hit the pickup. She turned herself in two months later, once an arrest warrant had been issued. She was released when she posted bail. After six continuances since then, her postponed trial date is in another month.
In the emotional turmoil after a devastating loss in a fatal accident, it can be difficult to focus on the next steps to take. While certainly not the first concern, financial stability nearly always comes into question after a fatality. When considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit to recoup economic loss, a Texas attorney can guide a client through the civil claims process.
Source: cbs19.tv, "Trial reset for Lindale woman charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter", LouAnna Campbell, Kris Kirst, April 16, 2018