Moving to a new place can often bring a family joy and adventure. Unfortunately, fatal car accidents can quickly turn joy to devastation. A family who had been residing in Texas for only a few months lost two of its members in a highway tragedy Sunday night. Several others were injured in the crash.
The 32-year-old wife and mother was driving her family on Highway 22 near Hillsboro. Police reports indicate that the driver was attempting to make a turn or had slowed down because of traffic flow. As her vehicle slowed near the intersection, it was struck from behind by a sport utility vehicle. Responding troopers noted that the 28-year-old driver of the SUV failed to apply her brakes before colliding with the family’s car.
The husband and father of the family was pronounced dead at the scene, as was his 3-year-old child. The mother was flown to a Waco hospital, and a 6-year-old daughter was airlifted to a children’s medical center. Both were reported in critical condition. It is unknown whether formal charges will be brought against the SUV driver, though alcohol was not considered a factor in the collision.
In Texas, those who lose loved ones in fatal car accidents or who are personally injured by the suspected negligent or wrongful actions of another have the right to pursue legal action against the party who is believed responsible for the death or injury. The devastation and grief brought about by the sudden death of a family member and/or the pain and suffering caused by an injury is often compounded by the unexpected costs and expenses that sometimes arise following an accident. Funeral costs, medical bills, loss of wages and other financial losses might be offset by an award of monetary recompense through a successfully litigated claim.
Source: CBS DFW, “Father & Daughter Killed In Hill County Crash“, Feb. 9, 2015