Most people who die in a fatal accident had dreams and goals they were working to achieve just minutes before they died. They had plans with beloved family members and close friends. They had their whole lives ahead of them until the actions of another person changed their futures. A Texas man has been arrested for his part in a recent fatal accident.
According to a report, the man was driving a pickup truck around 1:30 a.m. when he hit an SUV. The driver of the SUV was in the process of making a U-turn at the time. The force of the collision killed her at the scene.
Police believe the driver of the pickup truck had been drinking prior to getting out on the highway and charged him with intoxication manslaughter. He was released from the county jail later that day with his bond set at $20,000. The state of Texas considers intoxication manslaughter to be a second degree felony with punishment, if convicted, of a fine of $10,000 and anywhere from two to 20 years in prison.
Along with the consequences set by the state, family members of those killed in a fatal accident have the right to seek financial compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the party deemed negligent. Along with funeral and burial costs, medical expenses and a calculation of future wages, a dollar amount can be ascribed to pain and suffering and loss of companionship. An experienced Texas attorney can help a client in determining a final sum to request in the lawsuit, as well as represent the client throughout the ensuing legal proceedings.