Intersections are dangerous places. Every Texas motorist is obligated to adhere to traffic regulations, especially those regarding right-of-way at crossroads. Driver negligence or reckless behavior often causes intersection collisions that result in catastrophic injuries. If a person is later determined to have acted under the influence of drugs or alcohol behind the wheel, he or she may face criminal charges in addition to a civil lawsuit, if a victim or family of a deceased victim files a post-accident claim.
Such an accident occurred at a Lubbock intersection at approximately 9 p.m. on a recent Sunday. There were two vehicles involved in the crash. One of the drivers reportedly escaped the incident with only minor injuries. However, that same driver is now in jail, facing intoxication manslaughter charges and other criminal offenses.
A 19-year-old woman was traveling as a front-seat passenger in the other car. Sadly, although she initially survived her injuries, police later issued an update stating that she had died. Another person she was traveling with on the night of the crash is reportedly still in the hospital and is in stable condition at this time.
When catastrophic injuries or death occur in a Texas motor vehicle collision, litigation often takes place afterward in a civil court. Litigants can use information regarding criminal charges filed to help substantiate personal injury or wrongful death claims. Court-awarded compensation is often the only means by which some accident victims are able to meet the expenses associated with their injuries or a loved one’s death.