It's a parent's worst nightmare: to receive a phone call from law enforcement, saying that one's children are never coming home again. That scenario was the tragic reality for many Texas families whose loved ones were killed in fatal car accidents in 2016. One recent crash took the lives of three children and their father.
The accident occurred on a recent Saturday in January in Midland County. The father was driving when his vehicle was struck by another driver. The children were ages 16, 14 and 11.
According to Texas State Troopers, the other driver was speeding and lost control of his vehicle due to wet driving conditions. Two of the three children died on impact, while another succumbed to her injuries at a hospital. The other driver is now facing criminal charges.
When fatal car accidents are due to the negligence of another party, the surviving family members of the victim/s typically have grounds to file wrongful death claim/s against the party or parties deemed to have been at fault. A successful claim will require appropriate proof of negligence. In this case, documentation of the driver's failure to control his vehicle may be sufficient, and any related criminal conviction secured may solidify any civil claim arising from the accident. Once liability is formally established within the Texas civil justice system, proof of damages sustained will be required. An experienced Texas personal injury attorney is often consulted to help gather the necessary proof, file the civil claim and present the evidence in court.
Source: wkrg.com, "Mobile Mother Loses 3 Children, Ex-Husband In Fatal Car Accident", Alison Spann, Jan. 18, 2017