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Drunk driving may cause fatal car accidents

A motor vehicle accident has sadly claimed the lives of two individuals in Texas. According to police, the crash was the result of a female city commissioner's decision to drink and drive. Those who cause fatal car accidents due to drinking and driving may be held liable in civil court for the deaths resulting from these accidents.

The recent accident occurred near a causeway bridge. Police said the city commissioner was driving a pickup truck and ended up sideswiping another pickup truck that was stopped on the right shoulder of Interstate 45 Gulf Freeway. A man and his son, who were in the second pickup, had gotten out of the pickup truck to tie down some Plexiglass in their truck bed. They had just finished repairing a broken building window.

The man and his son were on the driver's side of the truck when the commissioner reportedly hit and killed them. They were 58 and 32 years old respectively. The woman who police said struck the man and his son has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter (two counts).

The surviving loved ones of the man and his son may opt to file wrongful death claims against the woman, seeking the reimbursement of damages. If the woman ends up being convicted of her charge, proof of the conviction may be used in a related civil court proceeding in an effort to establish liability in this Texas car accident case. Only if liability is established will a judge determine claims for damages. A monetary award may help with addressing funeral costs and other expenses associated with these types of car accidents.

Source: click2houston.com, "Texas City commissioner charged in crash that killed a father, son", July 3, 2017

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