Injuries and Deaths Caused in Texas Car Accident
In the recent news, there have been multiple accidents across the U.S., but Texas has been hit particularly bad. Two victims from a car accident that took place on Dec. 28 were killed, and four others were injured. The Austin, Texas, accident has now resulted in a University of Alabama student facing 19 different charges that include two for intoxicated manslaughter and two for manslaughter. The 21-year-old driver allegedly struck a Toyota Prius from behind while driving between 80 and 100 mph.
According to the news, the Prius had two passengers, a 60-year-old woman and her 18-year-old son. Both suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Another passenger in the vehicle was taken to the hospital with broken bones. Three passengers in a third vehicle that was struck when the Prius went into oncoming traffic also had broken bones and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. It was recorded that one person had potentially broken her back, while a second potentially broke her neck.
After the accident, the 21-year-old male allegedly fled the scene wearing nothing but a towel. However, officers located him nearby in an apartment complex. He refused to take a field sobriety test, according to officers, but when he was taken to the hospital, his BAC tested at 0.27 percent. The 21-year-old now faces a number of charges including two counts of manslaughter of the 2nd degree, four counts of aggravated assault to the second degree, five counts of failure to stop and render aid in the third degree, as well as eight other charges.
The victims and their families have a right to seek compensation from the at-fault driver. The claims might include compensation for wrongful death, pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. An experienced Dallas personal injury attorney can help by providing guidance and advice about such civil cases.
Source: All Alabama, "Alabama student arrested on intoxicated manslaughter charges for deadly Texas car crash" Melissa Brown, Dec. 31, 2013