A Texas man who's believed to have been involved in a fatal car accident was taken into police custody and charged with intoxication manslaughter. According to the report, the car accident occurred when the man allegedly ran a stop sign and struck another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle, who was identified as a 66-year-old woman, died at the scene.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Woodland Hills Drive and Tree Lane in Kingwood, when the man's black Ford Explorer struck the woman's Honda Civic. Neither the man nor his passenger were injured. Court records indicate that the man had a history of past criminal convictions, including the possession of controlled substances, assault and robbery. He was held in custody on a $30,000 bond. The investigation into the accident was ongoing and no other information was available at the time of the report.
Family members who lose a loved one as the result of a car accident caused by a drunk driver could choose to seek compensation for damages, including medical costs, funeral bills, and pain and suffering. In addition, surviving family members may also seek punitive damages and property damage compensation. However, many insurance companies offer settlements that don't fully cover all of the family's expenses that resulted from the accident.
In these types of cases, an experienced Texas attorney may be able to help the family navigate litigation. They may be able to prove that the other driver was liable for the accident using witness testimony, accident reconstruction methods and police reports. If the insurance company refuses to settle, the attorney may be able to provide representation for the family in court.
Source: Your Houston News, "Suspect arrested, charged in fatal traffic accident on Woodland Hills Drive", August 12, 2013