Some vehicular accidents are unavoidable but some could have been prevented had consideration for other drivers been taken into account. When a fatal accident happens, not only might the responsible party pay in fines and jail time for years to come, but family and friends of the victim lose someone very dear to them for the duration of their lives. A Texas man may be facing a prison sentence for causing a fatal accident that could and should have been avoided.
The pickup truck the 54-year-old man was driving hit the median of a state highway as he was headed west. The truck then flew in the air and landed on the other side of the highway, taking the top off a Lexus and landing on a Chevrolet compact SUV. The impact killed the drivers of the two vehicles that were struck, and five people were injured.
The man insists he had a seizure, causing the speed of the truck to reach 95 mph before hitting the median. However, he blamed another accident he had three years ago on a seizure and a county attorney said the man's driver's license should have never been renewed, as the state's renewal form specifically questions a driver's tendency toward suffering from seizures. A grand jury has indicted him on two counts of manslaughter, with a conviction resulting in prison time of up to 40 years.
There are two families who will be grieving for the days, months and years to come because of this man's thoughtless actions in causing a fatal accident. Whether or not there is a conviction and a jail sentence, they have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him. Should they decide that option is the best one for them, each family will need a skilled Texas attorney to present a strong case in civil court for the recovery of monetary damages.