Those who have lost a loved one -- whether from a fatal accident, a disease or any other way -- typically go through several stages of grief in order to help process the loss. Even in their pain, adults may still be cognizant of the fact that they are able to move from severe anguish to reluctant acceptance of the loss, no matter how slowly the progression. However, children are not often able to handle their grief in the same manner as adults. Two children lost their mother, a 40-year-old Texas woman, in a recent fatal accident.
A report states the driver of a pickup truck suddenly swerved out of the lane in which he was driving and collided with a sedan stopped at a stop sign. The force killed the mother, who was driving the sedan. Upon examination at a local hospital, her two children, ages 16 and 10, were found to be injured. Thankfully, their wounds were not life-threatening.
The driver of the pickup truck left the scene after the accident, but police were able to apprehend him later that evening. They concluded he had been drinking and charged him with intoxication manslaughter. County prosecutors are asking that the man be held without bond.
Whether a fatal accident was intentional or not, the person responsible may not only face the consequences of possible jail time, extreme fines and the continuing future ripple effects of what he or she has done, the surviving family members of the deceased may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A financial amount sought in that type of suit can be based on expenses related to the funeral and burial, loss of future potential income and even pain and suffering. A Texas attorney can explain the options a grieving family may have as they attempt to move on without the one they love.