A Texas community has suffered a great loss. Speeding often causes drivers to lose control of steering, sometimes resulting in catastrophic auto accidents. That appears to be what happened in a recent collision that has taken the life of a 15-year-old girl.

Teenage drivers are often inexperienced at the wheel. Because of this, they tend to panic if their tires veer off to the shoulder of the road or some other unexpected issue arises while they are driving. Inexperienced drivers often overcorrect when they try to get their vehicles back on track.

The young girl in this case was traveling as a passenger in a vehicle with a 17-year-old behind the wheel. Police say that preliminary investigations show the boy had apparently tried to navigate a bend in the road at an unsafe speed. He couldn’t execute the maneuver and lost control of his steering. When he tried to right his position on the road, he overcorrected.

The sudden jerk of the wheel sent the vehicle sliding into a nearby ditch. It then rolled over several times before coming to a stop, upside down. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to a nearby medical facility in stable condition.

When catastrophic auto accidents occur in Texas, litigation often takes place soon after. It is understandable that a deceased victim’s surviving family members, especially parents of minors, would want to seek justice. When the court hears evidence that shows a driver was negligent and that the negligence caused a fatality, it can issue monetary judgment against the party or parties deemed responsible for the death.