The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating a Texas Interstate 45 accident that killed a 27-year-old man. A woman crashed her car into the backend of a trailer that was attached to the man's flatbed truck. While no charges have been filed yet, accidental death cases like these often lead to civil claims.
Sometimes the ones that suffer most from the loss of a loved one are their children. Wrongful death suits in are used by a number of Texas families to provide some sense of healing and justice to these children who now have to live without a mother or father.
Halcon Resources Corp. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for various safety violations after an employee died at the Texas work site, known as WG Operating. The employee was attempting to restore power to a pumping station when he was electrocuted after coming into contact with live electrical parts. This case has the potential of leading to a wrongful death suit in the near future.
A Texas woman who was arrested after a traffic stop in 2010 for misdemeanor warrants was found unresponsive in a Gregg County Jail separation cell three days later. A nearby hospital pronounced her dead shortly afterwards. Her family has filed a wrongful death suit against the jail, claiming that the woman was not given her prescribed medications that she needed to survive. The medications were allegedly in her purse in the jail property room when she died.
Car accidents caused by elderly drivers are gaining national attention. In 2010, an 85-year-old woman steered her car into oncoming traffic and caused a fatal car crash, killing her longtime boyfriend who was in the passenger seat. The woman's doctor, who has been treating her dementia for the past two years, faced a wrongful death suit from the family of the deceased man.
A Texas nightclub and a driver are facing a lawsuit after a fatal accident left one man dead and four people injured. The driver, who was allegedly drunk at the time, crashed his car into the back of a horse-drawn carriage carrying a man and his wife. The nightclub allegedly sold alcohol to the driver and his passenger.
Texas' recent economic success has contributed to an increase in truck accidents in the state. An accident on Texas 16 near FM 624 left one truck driver killed. The truck accident occurred when a tanker truck did not yield the right of way and crashed into another tanker, killing its driver. The other driver was released from the hospital with injuries.
Dealing with the loss of a family member is especially difficult if it is unexpected. Medical professionals in Texas, as well as hospitals, can be held liable for negligent acts. A man being treated in a hospital for an asthma attack died from brain and other injuries after the hospital's staff left him alone in an emergency room.
A Texas driver may be facing a criminal negligent homicide charge after a multi-vehicle accident which left one man dead. The truck accident occurred on Highway 7 when the driver did not stop in an active construction zone. His 18-wheeler hit one of four cars that were stopped, and the domino effect caused a five-car accident. The driver of the first stopped car died instantly after crashing into an arrow board. Six people were injured, including a flagger on site. The jury will have to decide if the driver of the 18-wheeler is responsible for the death of the other driver.
One man is dead after a fatal accident in Jefferson County. His widow filed a wrongful death suit earlier this month.