A life that is lost because of the negligence of another person is a life that will never again know the joy of a kind word, a smile or the touch of someone he or she loved. When a family loses someone in a fatal accident, they will go through their grieving process and may eventually want to see the person responsible held accountable in some way. A Texas man who caused a fatal accident over two years ago has received his sentence for his actions.
The now-25-year-old man was out with friends on a summer night. He was driving a pickup truck and had three friends with him when he hit a curb on the side of the road, causing him to strike a pole and then crash into a parked vehicle in a driveway. One of his friends did not survive the collision, and the other two were critically injured and transported to a nearby hospital. After the incident, he told police he had been drinking before getting in the truck to drive.
Instead of spending time behind bars, the man will be serving 10 years of probation. Some of the terms of his probation include paying $70,000 in compensation and sharing his experience with students, cautioning them as to the consequences of drinking and driving. Any breach of the conditions of his probation could send him to prison for up to 20 years.
Looking at the future without a loved one is an agony most cannot fathom. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or entity deemed responsible for the fatal accident can bring, if not comfort, some satisfaction that the perpetrator is being held accountable. Texas residents needing legal representation in filing such a claim can find an attorney who will be able to answer any questions they may have about the process.