A man has lost his life in a tragic car accident in Texas. The motor vehicle accident also left another individual injured. In some situations, these types of accidents occur as a result of driver negligence, in which case the person who caused the accident may be held liable for any injuries or deaths resulting from the collision.
How the fatal wreck occurred
The recent collision occurred on a Friday morning. According to police, two cars ended up crashing at a street intersection. The driver of one of the motor vehicles was sadly pronounced deceased at the crash scene.
Police said an individual riding in the second car survived the crash. However, this individual suffered injuries in the collision and was therefore taken to a nearby hospital. Authorities continued to investigate the cause of the accident.
Legal recourse available after the crash
The police investigation may reveal that the deceased driver of the first car caused the two-automobile accident. In this situation, the injured passenger from the second car may choose to file a personal injury claim against the deceased driver’s estate. Anyone else with an ownership interest in the second car may also be named in this lawsuit. Meanwhile, if the surviving driver of the second car is found to have caused the crash, the surviving family members of the deceased driver may file a wrongful death claim against the surviving driver, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages.
Liability must be established, based upon a showing of negligence, before a Texas judge will decide a claim for damages. In a wrongful death claim that is fought successfully, a damage award may help to cover funeral costs and even the payment of wages to surviving dependents. Meanwhile, in a successfully litigated personal injury claim, an award of damages might help to cover medical expenses and even the loss of wages resulting from the accident.