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Negligence likely a factor in fatal 3-car crash in Dayton

Speeding is all too common in the Houston area, and this kind of reckless behavior nonetheless places innocent motorists' lives in danger on a daily basis. When a death results because of someone else's negligence, the family of the victim or a representative of the victim's estate may file a wrongful death claim to hold the negligent driver accountable.

Recently in Dayton, Texas, police determined that a 27-year-old man driving a Dodge pickup failed to control his speed in a fatal car accident on FM 1960. According to reports, a 51-year-old Dayton woman had slowed down to begin a left-hand turn when the pickup struck her vehicle from behind. The impact caused the woman's Nissan to move into oncoming traffic, where the vehicle collided with a Chevy Suburban driven by a 46-year-old woman.

After the collisions, the driver of the Nissan was removed from her vehicle and sent to Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Suburban was also critically injured and flown to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. The man who apparently caused the accident was arrested at the scene, and authorities report he was driving without a license.

No amount of financial compensation can erase the loss felt by family members when a loved one dies in a car accident, but Texas residents who experience such a loss need to know that the law on their side. To hold the responsible party accountable in civil court and to receive compensation for damages, family members of fatal accident victims will want to explore their options for filing a wrongful death claim.

Source: The Dayton News, "Dayton woman killed in three-auto crash on FM 1960," Vanesa Brashier, Sept. 22, 2012

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