Not long after midnight on a recent Thursday, a young life was lost in a fatal Texas crash. The alleged drunk driving accident took place on Interstate 10 and involved two vehicles. A second-degree felony charge of intoxicated manslaughter has been filed in the case.
Reportedly, a 36-year-old male was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that was traveling in the wrong direction on the highway. His truck is said to have crashed, head-on, into another vehicle driven by a 24-year-old female. Upon impact, both vehicles are said to have burst into a cloud of flames.
Sadly, the young woman died at the scene of the accident. The man accused of wrong-way driving was flown to a nearby medical facility for emergency care. He has since been charged with intoxicated manslaughter, and a bond of $1 million has been set. According to reports, he was taken into police custody upon his release from the hospital.
When a victim is killed in a drunk driving accident, Texas law allows his or her immediate family members to file a legal claim in a civil court on behalf of their deceased loved one. Those filing may seek compensation for a number of damages related to a fatal collision. A first logical step in the process of filing a claim would be to seek consultation with a legal professional in the area who has experience in DUI cases. It will be necessary to establish negligence on the part of the party or parties sued before a civil court will entertain demands for specific items of monetary damages recognized by applicable laws.
Source: beaumontenterprise.com, "Bond set for driver charged in fatal head-on collision", Manuella Libardi, May 28, 2015