Wrong-way car wrecks have become increasingly frequent on highways around the United States. Usually occurring late at night, a fatal accident in a wrong-way crash typically causes devastating consequences. A recent car wreck near Austin cost the lives of three adults and a 16-month-old child.
According to police, a driver ran head-on into a minivan carrying six passengers. He was driving southbound on a northbound Texas freeway when the car wreck happened. The driver of the minivan was killed, along with a husband, wife and their baby. Two of their other children were able to leave the scene of the accident with minor injuries. They have since been released into the custody of their family.
Another vehicle was also involved when the minivan collided with it during the accident. The driver was not harmed significantly. He declined treatment at the scene.
The crash occurred just after 1:31 a.m. The wrong-way driver is a 22-year-old Texas State University student. Police are investigating to determine where he entered the highway going the wrong way. At this time, toxicology results are pending, but authorities believe that alcohol was involved. Though the driver incurred serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital, his injuries are not life-threatening.
A fatal accident of this nature is incredibly difficult and emotional for the survivors and family members. A successful wrongful death claim may result in a compensatory award to care for the surviving children. Damages in these cases are not simply monetary in nature; the children may also suffer psychologically from the losses of their parents and the support that an intact family unit provides as they grow up. It is important to seek experienced legal representation quickly, as a lawyer can help explain the legal options available.
Source: kxan.com, "Four dead and one critically injured in one-way car wreck near Austin, Texas", Daniel Gravois and Claire Ricke, Feb. 19, 2016.