Car accidents occur every day in the United States. In Texas, the number of traffic-related deaths has decreased over the years, but over 3,000 people died in crashes in Texas in 2011, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. In Texas, people die every day from car accidents resulting from non-adherence to traffic laws, especially drunk driving laws. A fatal car accident impacts not only the person killed but friends and family members who suffer emotionally and sometimes financially.
In Texas, a car accident on May 20 resulted in the death of four men. The four men in the car died after getting in a crash that involved a motorcycle and a tanker trunk. The car hit the 18-wheeler truck, killing the four men in the car. The truck driver was not harmed, and the motorcycle rider sustained minor injuries. The four men in the car had been at a bar earlier.
In a automobile accident that results in an injury or death, the party that caused the accident can be held responsible and ordered to pay damages or even be sent to prison, depending on the severity of injuries. Car accidents can lead to broken bones, internal injuries and deaths, which can mean medical bills or funeral costs. In personal injury or fatal car accident cases, the injured parties or family members hold the burden of proving the extent of injuries and financial burden.
In automobile accident cases, the injured party or families of a deceased individual need to prove negligence on the part of the drivers of the other vehicles. Having proof that the other drivers were driving under the influence or broke traffic laws, such as driving over the speed limit, often helps injured people or families to demonstrate that fault lies with the other individuals. Having records of their injuries or the funeral costs and pain and suffering from the deaths of their loved ones can help to show they have been impacted financially by a vehicle accident, especially a fatal car accident.
Texas Department of Transportation. Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Highlights Calendar Year 2011, June 19, 2012.
Source: khou.com, “4 men killed in Karnes County traffic accident,” May 20, 2013