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Catastrophic accident in Katy results in fatality at the scene

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2019 | Catastrophic Auto Accident Injuries, Firm News |

In the immediate aftermath of a Texas collision, there is often an increased risk for additional accidents to occur. Motorists may not be able to stop in time if they suddenly come upon pedestrians or a disabled vehicle in the roadway. This is one of many reasons drivers must always remain alert and cautious behind the wheel, as well as adhere to all traffic laws to help keep themselves and other travelers as safe as possible. Otherwise, they risk causing a catastrophic accident, as reportedly happened in Katy on a recent Saturday.

Police say a woman who failed to act with caution is now facing intoxicated manslaughter charges. Additional charges include failing to stop and render aid in a fatal accident. The situation began when police officers were already on the road addressing post-accident issues regarding a collision that had taken place. 

The incident caused a traffic jam, which is quite common after an accident. While officers were doing their job, however, another crash occurred that involved four vehicles. The woman now facing charges was driving the first vehicle that apparently approached the accident scene and traffic jam at a high rate of speed, then failed to stop, thus prompting the multi-vehicle collision.

The driver of one of the cars was pronounced dead at the scene. A tractor-trailer driver was also involved, as well as the operator of a separate vehicle, though both apparently were not hurt. When a catastrophic accident occurs in Texas that results in a fatality, it often leads to litigation if an immediate family member of the decedent files a wrongful death claim in a civil court against the party or parties deemed responsible for the loved one’s death.