No matter the age, most people like to go on excursions. A traveler who may not get out as much often feels an excitement and anticipation for an upcoming trip not found with participation in other activities. When embarking on such an adventure, the thought of a fatal accident might never enter the mind of a traveler. A group of Texas senior citizens never reached home when all but one recently died in a fatal accident.
A year-and-a-half ago, the group boarded a bus to take them home after a three-day retreat. Around the same time, a 21-year-old man was at his pharmacy picking up prescribed medication he took to treat depression and PTSD. Not long after he got back in his truck, he crashed into the bus transporting the senior group. The lone survivor in the party of 14 spent a month in the hospital before a rehab assignment. She is now dependent on her sons to take care of her.
The man responsible for the collision tested positive for marijuana and a prescription drug even two hours after the crash. Under oath, both parents testified they did not do their best job in raising their son, and drugs were a way of life in their family. He pleaded no contest to the charges against him, which included manslaughter and intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle. He was recently sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Thirteen families have been grieving the loss of their loved ones for over a year after the fatal accident. It would be understandable if any or all of them chose to pursue financial compensation via a wrongful death lawsuit. Should that become a course of action, a Texas attorney will be able to guide them in the steps they must take as they bring their case to a court of law.