While fatal car accidents are always tragedies, they are particularly heartbreaking when they involve young people. A serious car accident of any kind is a life-altering event for those who are injured as well as for those who lose a loved one. Injured accident victims or their families need to know that there are laws on the books in Texas designed to ease their pain and suffering.
A Texas City family is mourning the loss of a teen after a terrifying crash off the Galveston seawall. Just after midnight on Sept. 16, a Ford Mustang containing five Texas City teenagers ranging in age from 14 to 19 plunged off the east end of the seawall at the 100 block of Seawall Boulevard. Four teens survived but were injured, and one 18-year-old boy was killed.
The survivors were transported to John Sealy Hospital, where three were listed in stable condition, while a 16-year-old boy remained in critical condition. The identity of the deceased passenger was reported to the media by the family. A 19-year-old man was the driver of the vehicle at the time the crash, which remains under investigation by Galveston police.
Victims should understand that they have rights if they are harmed in motor vehicle accidents. If negligence results in death or injury, the victim or the victim's family may be able to receive compensation for their losses, including payments for medical costs or pain and suffering. Surviving family members of deceased victims may also be entitled to compensation for wrongful death to help them start the healing process.
Sources: The Daily News, "TC teen dies as Mustang goes over seawall," T.J. Aulds, Sept. 17, 2012