Some people refuse to acknowledge just how dangerous it is to drive after they have been drinking. Not only are they a danger to themselves, but their impaired abilities may cause a fatal accident, taking the lives of others who may mean so much to so many. A woman has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after Texas troopers say her decision to drink before driving resulted in a fatal accident.
A Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Nissan Altima were headed in the same direction on a state highway. The Nissan, traveling a good bit faster than the posted speed limit, came upon the Jeep and hit the rear of the SUV. The impact threw the 55-year-old male driver from his seat and out of the vehicle. He died at the scene.
There were two passengers in the Jeep, one of whom was taken to a hospital approximately 40 miles away. The other, 8 years of age, was treated by rescue personnel and released. A report on the incident did not state whether the 42-year-old driver of the Nissan was injured, indicating only that she was charged. However, officials from the county jail state she was never detained there.
There can be a number of repercussions against someone who causes a fatal accident. Not only might the person have to spend time in jail, there will be fines, insurance cancellation or increased premiums and the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit from the family who lost a loved one all too soon. For those in Texas who have suffered a loss from such a tragic situation, an attorney experienced in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits will work to get a maximum financial award to help cover monetary damages incurred during such time.