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Texas Realtor Charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 7-Oct-2014

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson, on Sept. 27, an accident on FM 1626 resulted in the death of a 60-year-old Austin woman and the arrest of a prominent Hays County real estate agent. The man was driving southbound in a 2009 Ford F150 when he crossed into the shoulder and then weaved into the northbound lane, hitting the Austin woman's Chrysler Sebring convertible.

The Austin woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the real estate agent was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. After receiving treatment, he was placed into custody and taken to Hays County Jail. Criminal records indicated that he was also detained for driving while intoxicated in 2002. His blood alcohol content results were pending as of Sept. 30.

When the accident occurred, the roads were reportedly dry and the weather was clear. DPS troopers closed the northbound and southbound lanes for nearly four hours while investigating the scene.

Wrongful Death Claims After Fatal Drunk Driving Accidents

In this kind of situation, the family members of the deceased victim may seek recompense for damages resulting from the potential wrongful death. After reviewing evidence provided by witnesses, authorities and other sources, a legal representative might put together a claim to be taken before a judge.

In personal injury cases, especially ones involving car accidents, evidence of negligence is a key factor in determining the outcome of a case. When an individual is driving a vehicle, they are bound to a legal obligation known as duty of care, which requires adherence to a certain standard of safety while performing an action that could foreseeably cause harm. When preparing a claim, an Austin personal injury lawyer may look for evidence that points towards the defendant abandoning his or her duty of care.

The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC is available to answer any questions you may have about wrongful death and your rights after an auto accident. To schedule your free consultation with an Austin auto accident lawyer, please contact us today.

Source: San Marcos Mercury, "Prominent Hays County realtor arrested for intoxicated manslaughter", Kim Hilsenbeck, September 30, 2014

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