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Issues to consider regarding filing a wrongful death claim

Many Texas families will likely have their 2019 holiday season interrupted by tragedies stemming from motor vehicle collisions. Numerous issues, such as distracted driving, driver intoxication and recklessness may be causal factors in such crashes that, for some, will result in the unexpected deaths of loved ones. The state allows immediate family members of accident victims who are fatally injured to file a wrongful death claim when they believe another person or people's negligence was responsible for a loved one's death. 

The plaintiff in a wrongful death case is tasked with proving certain elements in court. The court acknowledges that every motorist has a fiduciary duty to travelers sharing the roadway. However, to convince the court to rule against a defendant in a wrongful death case, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent and that said negligence was a direct cause of the accident victim's death.

Car accidents: 4 dead, 3 injured in Texas

A tragic car accident claimed the lives of four high school students in Nevada on the evening of Nov. 4, according to local law enforcement. Texas police responded to the crash, which also injured three other people. Car accidents causing fatalities can sometimes result in criminal charges, but at this point in the case, police have not filed any such charges against the surviving driver. 

According to the report, around 5:45 p.m. two vehicles collided near the intersection of Main Street in Nevada and State Highway 78. The force of the impact killed two male occupants of one vehicle, both 17, and two female occupants of the same car, aged 16. Three people in the other vehicle were taken to local hospitals with injuries described as not life-threatening. 

Car accidents: Woman dead in Houston

A three-car pileup claimed the life of a 21-year-old woman on the morning of Nov. 2 in West Houston, according to local law enforcement. Texas police based in Harris County have confirmed the woman's death, and they have also confirmed that the other driver involved in the crash is facing charges. Car accidents causing fatalities can carry serious criminal penalties, and the man could be facing jail time. 

According to the limited information in the report, it appears the woman was driving on Westheimer Road with an unidentified passenger around 9:15 a.m. the morning of Nov. 2 when the accident happened. It appears the 29-year-old male driver ran a red light and struck her car. The force of the impact killed the woman immediately, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A car accident may trigger an asthma attack

According to the Mayo Clinic, an asthma attack occurs when airways inside the lungs become inflamed. During an exacerbation, the body also usually produces extra mucus. This combination typically makes breathing difficult or impossible for asthma sufferers. 

If you have asthma, you may know what triggers a flare-up for you. You may not, however, realize that a car accident may trigger an asthma attack. Here are three reasons you may experience asthma symptoms during or after a car wreck: 

Grief intensifies when Texas car accidents involve teens

It is understandable that many Texas parents worry when their teenagers get behind the wheel to drive. Most parents offer sage advice and helpful tips, such as telling their children to stay alert and cautious, especially in high-risk areas. Unfortunately, many car accidents occur in or near intersections.

On a recent Sunday night, three vehicles collided in an intersection. Police say one vehicle was pinned against a guardrail and another was actually stuck underneath the first. Occupants of a third car involved were not hurt although likely emotionally shaken.

Exact cause of Texas motorcycle accident not yet known

Texas intersections are high-risk areas. Even if there are traffic lights or stop signs to help regulate traffic, a driver who is distracted, intoxicated or reckless places everyone in the vicinity at risk for serious injury. While the exact cause of a motorcycle accident that recently occurred is not yet known, the incident is an example of how dangerous crossroads can be.

There were reportedly two vehicles involved in the recent collision. Any number of issues may have caused the motorcycle and sport utility vehicle to collide. Serious injuries were suffered, and two people were immediately transported to a nearby hospital for emergency care. Investigations that typically follow intersection collisions often take weeks or months to complete.

Alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents are often fatal

Another Texas collision resulted in a fatality on a recent Sunday evening. The incident is believed to have been caused by a motorist who was allegedly intoxicated at the time. Alcohol affects every person's body differently; however, when it comes to driving, all motorists are legally bound to the same traffic laws. Sadly, many of the worst motor vehicle accidents in this state and others include alcohol as a causal factor.

A 30-year-old man who was beloved in his community was behind the wheel of one of the vehicles involved in the recent collision. He worked as a correctional officer and was well-known for the many hours he volunteered in his community as a youth football coach. The husband and father of three survived the initial impact of the crash.

Wrongful death litigation often follows accidents like this one

Tragedy struck in Texas this week after a young couple got married at a courthouse. The pair had dated each other off and on since they were in their youth. Moments after they left the courthouse, they were involved in a deadly collision. In situations like this, family members of fatally injured accident victims often file wrongful death claims in court.

Officials say another vehicle slammed into the newlyweds' car as they drove away from the courthouse. Sadly, the same justice of the peace who presided over the wedding ceremony moments earlier pronounced the couple, ages 19 and 20, deceased at the scene of the crash. To make matters worse, the groom's mother witnessed the collision, intensifying the sorrow of the situation and leaving her with emotional scars she says she will carry the rest of her life.

Why you should never post about your car accident on social media

Millions of people post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every day. While these websites make for useful tools to stay current on what happens to your friends and family members, the platforms can also work against you in court. Courts today are happy to accept social media posts that both work for and against you, and they can spell devastation in a car accident claim

You may want to inform your loved ones about the collision as soon as possible to let them know you are okay. However, it is best to leave all the details surrounding your case private. You can call or text anyone who definitely has to know about the incident. Otherwise, you risk doing more harm than good. 

Texas drivers who are negligent may face wrongful death claims

Every licensed driver in Texas or any other state must adhere to all traffic laws and safety regulations each time they get behind the wheel. Such laws may differ from one state to the next, so it is up to an individual driver to make sure he or she is fully aware of the laws in the state where he or she is planning to drive. Driver negligence or reckless behavior often results in fatalities; such tragedies also often lead to wrongful death claims when grieving family members of deceased accident victims seek justice on their loved ones' behalf.

Perhaps you are one of the many people in this state who have received an unexpected phone call informing you that a loved one was in a car accident. Whether he or she initially survived the incident or had already succumbed to his or her injuries, the shock and sorrow of that day likely lives on in your heart and mind, still. If you, like many others who have experienced similar situations in the past, later learned that the driver who hit your loved one was texting at the time or had consumed copious amounts of alcohol before driving, you might understandably feel frustration and anger.

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