When behind the wheel, a driver must remain in a continual state of awareness of his or her surroundings. A driver who is not paying attention to the road can be a hazard to other drivers, bicycle riders or pedestrians by causing anything from a minor mishap to a fatal accident. A 73-year-old Texas man was killed in a fatal accident one recent weekend evening.
The man was crossing the road at an intersection when he was hit by a car. The force of the collision killed him at the scene. The driver of the car did not stop to help and drove away. Police were able to find the driver soon after the fatal hit.
The driver of the car told police he had consumed two alcoholic beverages at a pool party before the accident. He did not pass a field sobriety test given by police but he would not consent to the officers drawing his blood. They were able to procure a warrant and subsequently charged him with driving while intoxicated and a second-degree felony for not helping an injured person. The assistant district attorney stated the driver could serve as many as 20 years in prison for not attempting to render aid to the victim, therefore taking away any chance that a life might have been saved.
The victim may have had a wife, children, grandchildren or even great-grandchildren who will never again have the chance to tell him they love him, all because of a driver's negligence in causing the fatal accident. Along with possible prison time, this driver may become the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit, should the victim's family make that choice. An attorney can outline options permitted by the state of Texas to a grieving family seeking financial compensation.