Head-on collisions often have devastating results for all those involved. When deaths occur because of negligence in car accidents, surviving family members often pursue wrongful death claims. But can a wrongful death case be pursued when the driver believed to have been at fault was also killed in the crash? A situation like this recently occurred in Texas when a head-on crash claimed the lives of both drivers and seriously injured a passenger.
A woman driving a sports utility vehicle was traveling east on FM 2854. A 20-year-old man was traveling west on the same roadway in a car when he crossed into the oncoming lane. The car crashed head-on into the SUV.
The driver of the SUV and her 10-year-old daughter were taken to a nearby hospital with critical injuries suffered in the accident. The woman later died as a result of her injuries. The driver of the car died at the scene of the crash, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Investigation of the tragedy is ongoing.
If an investigation proves that the driver who caused the head-on crash acted negligently, the deceased woman's survivors may pursue a wrongful death claim against the estate of the deceased for damages. The family may also choose to file a personal injury suit against the estate on behalf of the girl who suffered critical injuries because of the driver's apparent negligence. Those family members who have dealt with losses such as this following catastrophic car accidents in Texas typically turn to experienced counsel for advice. An attorney familiar with personal injury litigation can help family members seek compensation to help offset financial losses associated with the accident. Successful outcomes in wrongful death and personal injury claims may award survivors with money for funeral costs, hospital expenses and mental anguish suffered from their ordeal.
Source: Conroe, Tx. Patch, "Montgomery ISD Teacher Killed In Head-On Collision", Bryan Kirk, Feb. 16, 2017