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