From many news accounts, it seems some people do not feel that certain laws apply to them. Some drivers consume alcohol or drugs before getting out on the road, some choose to focus on their cell phone instead of surrounding traffic, and some feel like the posted speed limit is only a suggestion. Breaking any traffic laws meant to protect people could result in a fatal accident. A Texas man was recently killed in a fatal accident after his best friend chose to ignore some of the protective laws.
The 5 a.m. crash happened when a 21-year-old male ran a red light. Another vehicle entering the intersection on a green light hit his car and propelled it into a third car. The man’s passenger, his best friend, was injured and died after his arrival at a local hospital. Three other people were also injured, two of them considered to be in serious condition.
A video of the crash showed the light had been red for approximately 30 seconds before the driver blew through the intersection. He admitted to police that he and his friend had been drinking most of the night, but he would not submit to testing until a warrant was issued. Further investigation showed that his license had been suspended and he did not have a current insurance policy on his vehicle. This was not his first infraction while being suspended, and he has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, assault and driving with no insurance. At the time of this report, he was still in the county jail with his bond set at $5,000.
When drivers do not obey the traffic laws, they lose. This man lost his best friend, his driving privileges and will most likely lose his freedom for several years. One family lost a son, a brother, or maybe a father, because of the carelessness of another person. A Texas attorney can, in the midst of the sorrow and grief, help a family hold those who have been negligent accountable for their actions by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of legal recourse is available to anyone who has lost a loved one in a fatal accident.