Accident sites are notorious locations for additional accidents. People may slow down to look at what happened and cause a crash while rubbernecking, or drivers may drive too fast through the area and cause an accident in another way. A drunk driver could also contribute to another incident. Unfortunately, too many additional accidents happen after initial crashes, and the outcomes can be even worse than the initial incident.
It was recently reported that a family was involved in two accidents in Texas in a short period of time, and the second incident claimed the life of a father. Reports stated that a man, woman and their daughter were traveling through the state while on their way to another destination, and their vehicle was hit by another vehicle. Afterward, the family’s vehicle was stopped, and a police officer was on the scene.
The daughter was sitting in the police cruiser with the officer while her parents were outside their vehicle waiting on a tow truck. At this time, another vehicle traveling over 90 mph hit the police cruiser, causing it to flip and land on top of the man and woman. The officer and daughter were not seriously injured, but the man and woman were taken to the hospital for injuries. Unfortunately, the man did not survive. The driver that hit the police vehicle was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Losing a loved due to a drunk driver can be one of the most difficult events for a family to face. Knowing that the incident could have been prevented if the driver had chosen not to drive may haunt them. In efforts to address the hardships that this incident may cause, the surviving family may want to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault for this Texas crash.