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Man dies in accident; 46-year-old driver arrested

A Texas man faces charges of intoxicated manslaughter after a 45-year-old man who was on his way to work lost his life in a crash on the interstate in early July. The alleged drunk driving accident resulted in a $150,000 bail for the accused man. The Texas Penal Code classifies intoxicated manslaughter as a second-degree felony with a maximum sentence of 20 years in custody and a maximum fine of $10,000.

The 46-year-old man allegedly rear-ended the other man's truck with his car, which caused the driver to lose control, strike a guardrail, jump the railing and run into the pole of a highway billboard. The truck driver died at the accident scene. A police official explained that a number of witnesses observed the accused man driving erratically before the wreck.

Authorities closed all but one southbound lane of the interstate while emergency personnel attended to the accident scene, and some of the eastbound lanes on the turnpike were also closed during the investigation. Law enforcement personnel did not indicate the presence of any alcohol containers in the vehicle but asked for a search warrant so they could test the accused man's blood for blood-alcohol levels.

After someone dies in an accident with alcohol is involved, the authorities sometimes file criminal charges against the person. However, a personal injury attorney might also be able to file a civil lawsuit for the victim's family against the person deemed responsible for negligence and wrongful death. In a civil lawsuit, the courts might hold the responsible parties accountable for the accident, and clients might recover compensation for the expenses associated with the accident, including loss of income, loss of companionship and funeral costs.

Source: Denton Record Chronicle, "Carrollton police charge man after fatal accident", Megan Gray, July 09, 2013

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