A newlywed couple here in Texas recently found themselves involved in a car accident. Sadly, the husband -- who was a veteran of the Armed Forces -- passed away from the injuries he sustained in the collision. His pregnant wife suffered serious injuries in the fatal accident.
Apparently, a man had stolen an Audi vehicle and was trying to evade police. During this chase, he was driving at a very high rate of speed. When authorities caught up to him, his vehicle had struck another vehicle. The suspect was trying to escape the vehicle through the sunroof.
The 25-year-old husband was declared dead at the scene. His pregnant wife was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition. The baby was delivered and appears to be healthy, but the mother's condition is still critical.
The man who caused the accident was apprehended by police. He was charged with murder and is currently being held on a $1 million bond. He is also facing additional charges for controlled substance possession, unauthorized vehicle use and evading arrest.
The success of a civil case, like a wrongful death claim, is based upon the preponderance of evidence. If it can be proven that the fatal accident was more likely to occur than not, then the at-fault individual may be required to pay due compensation to the victim or the victim's family. When homicide charges are involved, the outcome of a criminal case may help secure a victory in civil court. However, criminal charges are not required to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit in Texas, and it is still possible for the plaintiff to prevail in his or her case.
Source: CBS Dallas Fort Worth, "Man Charged With Murder After Causing Deadly Bedford Crash", June 26, 2015