The choices a driver makes on the road can have a profound impact on those who are on the roadways with the driver. This is especially true when the driver is driving in an unsafe manner through a construction zone that is full of workers. A recent accident along State Highway 161 in Texas is an example of how unsafe driving can rip someone away from his or her loved ones in an instant.
The fatal accident happened when a person driving a Chevrolet Impala went around a truck and then slammed into a truck that had a trailer. The truck and trailer were part of a construction convoy in the area. One of the men who was in the convoy was killed instantly in the accident. The driver of that truck was injured. After hitting that truck, the Impala then crossed three lanes on the highway and hit another construction vehicle.
Instead of staying on the scene of the fatal crash, the driver of the Impala left the scene. He was later apprehended. He was charged with two counts of failure to stop and render aid. Those felony charges led to him being held on $200,000 bail. Prior to being booked into jail, the man was taken to a hospital to get treatment for the injuries he suffered in the crash he caused on the President George Bush Turnpike.
This man's driving left one man dead and another injured. For the family of the man ripped away, finding comfort in the man facing criminal charges might help them as they heal. Sadly, they will still have to deal with the repercussions of his death, such as the financial impact.
Wrongful death lawsuits in similar accidents might be feasible. Those who are affected financially might opt to use the civil courts to seek compensation.
Source: Dallas News, "Update: Grand Prairie man arrested in fatal hit-and-run on the President George Bush Turnpike" Robert Wilonsky and Julie Fancher, Aug. 04, 2014