Many Texas drivers, at one point or another, have had a moment of confusion while behind the wheel, when they may forget what road they are on or which direction they need to take to arrive at their destination. Most often, this moment passes in a second or two, no harm is done, and he or she reaches the intended end point safely. However, when drugs or alcohol are likely the cause of the confusion, the driver may make a grave error in judgment resulting in a fatal accident.
It appears this is what happened recently in Fort Worth. Early one Friday morning, a 28-year-old woman was observed traveling nearly eight miles in the wrong direction. Police received several emergency calls from witnesses along the route. Officers tried to stop the woman by following her in the opposite lane, employing their vehicle's lights and sirens, and deploying spike strips.
After several minutes of effort, police were unsuccessful in their attempts to stop the wrong-way driver, and unfortunately, she crashed head-on into another vehicle. The drivers of both cars died in the crash. Since then, authorities have released a toxicology report indicating the wrong-way driver had both marijuana and alcohol in her system at the time of the fatal accident.
Sadly, two families are now left to grieve the loss of a loved one. Of course, one of the deceased victims is the driver suspected of causing the fatal accident. If the evidence documents that her actions did indeed lead to the fatalities, as it certainly seems to, the family of the other driver has the right to pursue a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the woman's estate. In similar tragedies, experienced Texas personal injury lawyers are available to advise the survivors of their legal options and guide them through the process.