Two individuals recently lost their lives in a deadly Texas crash. According to police, the automobile accident occurred as a result of a drunk driver. When these types of car accidents occur, the surviving family members of the deceased victims have the right to seek to hold the reportedly at-fault driver accountable through the civil court system.
The car accident occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on a Saturday. Police reported that a man, 41, ended up losing control of his car while heading north along a road. He allegedly went over the median and entered the road's southbound lane, striking a family's car head-on.
A 38-year-old woman and her son, 14, were pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision. The woman's husband, who is a high school teacher, and her daughter both suffered injuries in the crash, and the husband is still in critical condition after under going surgery. The man who police said caused the accident reportedly had a blood alcohol content of .203, which is more than 2.5 times the .08 legal limit. He was taken into custody on suspicion of intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter, which are both felonies.
The deceased parties' loved ones may choose to file wrongful death claims against the man accused of drinking and driving. If the man ends up being convicted on his serious charges, proof of the conviction may be presented in a related civil court proceeding in an attempt to establish liability. A successfully litigated civil suit may lead to a financial damage award that might help to cover burial costs and address other losses caused by these types of Texas car accidents.
Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, "Two members of Valley Center family die in Austin car crash", Deborah Sullivan Brennan, Nov. 13, 2017