There are currently more questions than answers surrounding a recent fatal car accident in Plano. Little else is known other than the fact that two teens were killed while another suffered serious injury. When Texas car accidents like this result in the serious injury or death of individuals, the victims or -- in the event of their deaths -- their loved ones may have legal options available to them.
Police say the crash occurred on a recent Friday night in February. Three teens were riding in a Porsche, and for reasons that are currently unclear, the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car reportedly ran over a curb, crashed into a tree and then caught fire.
Two of the teens -- both just 16 years old -- did not survive the crash while the other occupant, their friend, was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries. It was reported that the surviving girl will undergo numerous surgeries and was expected to be in the ICU for at least a week. The investigation has yet to determine the precise cause of this tragic accident, but police are currently considering the extent to which speed may have been a contributing factor.
When Texas car accidents result in serious injuries, a surviving victim may be entitled to monetary relief. The surviving family of a deceased victim can also pursue claims for financial redress. An individual -- or the individual's estate in the event of his or her death -- who negligently operates a vehicle may be ordered to pay for documented damages that resulted. It will be necessary to prove that the party believed at fault was negligent in a way that caused or contributed to the accident and resulted in serious injuries or death. This process is typically initiated by consulting an experienced Texas attorney to assess the validity of a claim.
Source: cw33.com, "Plano still searching for answers after teens killed Friday in car crash", Chris Skupien, Feb. 13, 2017