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Truck accident in Texas possibly caused by impaired driver

Driving near or around semi trucks can be intimidating, regardless of the years of experience a person may have behind the wheel. It is quite reasonable to expect that damages done in an accident with these monstrous vehicles can be pretty horrific. It is also a reasonable expectation, because of the dangers they pose, that drivers of these big rigs are free of impairing substances and able safely handle their vehicle. A recent truck accident in Texas was supposedly the result of a semi driver operating his vehicle while under the influence.

This particular accident occurred in Houston in the early part of April. The semi driver reportedly ran a red light, causing the driver of an SUV to collide with the truck. Sadly, the driver of the SUV -- described to be a hard-working father -- died in the crash, which occurred just minutes away from his home.

The truck driver has been arrested and is facing charges of intoxicated manslaughter. At this point, is unknown exactly what impairing substance he is accused of using before the accident. Police are still continuing to investigate this incident.

While many questions in this truck accident have yet to be answered, a family has lost their loved one and four children are left without their father. This incident is undoubtedly devastating on a number of levels, including emotionally and financially. The victim's family retains the right to pursue a wrongful death claim against the semi driver and quite possibly his employer. If liability can be verified, a civil court in Texas could award this family a monetary award to help recover any current and future expenses, including funeral expenses and loss of income.

Source: ABC 13, "Suspected drunk driver blamed for deadly wreck in southwest Houston", Demond Fernandez, April 7, 2014

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