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Car accidents may result from falling asleep at the wheel

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2018 | Car Accident Injuries |

Two individuals lost their lives in a tragic motor vehicle crash that took place on a recent Sunday in Texas. The two parties who were killed in the crash were not yet married but were planning to spend their lives together. These types of fatal car accidents often occur as a result of a driver’s carelessness, which is typically grounds for litigation.

According to authorities, a 28-year-old man was driving along Interstate 20, with a 26-year-old woman as his passenger. They had just left a party. However, at around midnight to 1 a.m., the man reportedly became tired or fell asleep.

Due to the man’s sleepiness, he ended up losing control of his car. The car then entered the highway’s median and went off an embankment before entering a ravine and striking the embankment. The two parties died at the crash scene.

Drivers in Texas are required to exercise reasonable care when they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, which includes refraining from operating a car if they cannot do so safely. Therefore, in this situation, the surviving family of the passenger who died in the accident have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the deceased driver, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. Anyone else with an ownership interest in the car may also be named in the lawsuit. Competent proof of negligence is required to establish liability in civil court. Once this is accomplished, the court will decide claims for financial damages, which, if awarded, might help to cover funeral costs and other losses related to these types of car accidents.