Authorities report that a 20-year-old woman died in a two-vehicle crash
in North Austin during the evening hours of April 12. Highway officials
suspect that the fatal wreck was caused by a
According to the report, the collision occurred at about 10:30 p.m. at
the intersection of Burnet Road and Gracy Farms Lane as a 26-year-old
man, who was operating a northbound Chevrolet Camaro on Burnet Road, failed
to observe a red light and struck the victim's Nissan Altima sedan.
Officials stated that the Nissan driver instantly died from the injuries
she suffered in the crash.
Emergency crews responding to the scene transported the Chevrolet driver
and a passenger to a nearby hospital in Round Rock, where they were both
treated for non-fatal injuries. Once the driver was released from the
hospital, police arrested him on charges of intoxication manslaughter.
He was being held in lieu of a $150,000 bond.
Immediately following a fatal
car accident, family members grieving over the loss of a loved one may not be thinking
of pursuing damages. Instead, they may be too busy with funeral arrangements
and taking care of details surrounding the loss. However, if they suspect
that the accident was caused by a negligent driver, they may want to consider
filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party.
A personal injury attorney for the family may be able to draw evidence
of negligence from accident investigation reports and eyewitness testimony.
Such an action can be maintained regardless of whether the responsible
driver has been issued criminal charges. Damages awarded to plaintiffs
can in some cases include funeral and burial expenses as well as compensation
for the loss of support and companionship.
Source: KXAN, "Man charged with intoxication manslaughter in crash", April 13, 2015