It is an undisputed fact that life-changing events can happen in an instant. In some circumstances, those changes might be considered good and are welcomed. Other times, however, the events that occur leave a tragic wake of mourning and a future wrought with potential suffering and challenge. The latter would seem to be the case for those affected by a recent fatal accident in Texas.

Three pedestrians, all women, were on a sidewalk when a car reportedly veered off the road and struck them. One of the women, 29 years old, died at the scene of the accident. Sadly, a 32-year-old woman who was also struck by the car was transported to a nearby hospital but later succumbed to her injuries. The third victim, a 34-year-old woman, survived the crash but has been listed in critical condition. 

A 22-year-old male was behind the wheel of the pickup truck that allegedly barreled into all three women. Police have charged him with two counts of manslaughter and another count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The vehicle the man was driving was also reported to have crashed into a utility pole in the vicinity, which caused electrical power trouble in the area.

Families who receive sudden and unexpected news that they have lost a loved one in a fatal accident are understandably grief-stricken and filled with sorrow. It might be of comfort to know that Texas law allows immediate family members who suffer the untimely death of a child, spouse or parent due to the negligent driving of another motorist to file a legal claim against that person in a civil court. Funeral costs, medical bills from any care rendered before a victim succumbed to his or her injuries, as well as other expenses related to an accident, can bring undue financial stress to a family who is already suffering. A compensatory award issued by the court in a successfully litigated case would be able to help absorb some of those costs. Accident victims who survive their injuries are also able to file claims in order to seek compensation for damages.

Source: kgns.tv, “Update: Fatal Accident Along Jacaman Road”, Yocelin Gallardo, Aug. 29, 2015