Most Texas drivers, no matter how attentive they are while behind the wheel, can remember a time when they failed to see an obstacle on or at the side of the roadway. In most cases, a driver is able to avert disaster by making necessary adjustments before making contact with the object. Unfortunately, in some cases, particularly if the driver is distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she will not see an obstacle in time, and sometimes, tragedy results. Such was the case in a recent car accident on a Texas roadway.
The crash happened very early on a Wednesday morning. Allegedly, a 26-year-old man in a pickup truck collided with a 30-year-old man as he was getting out of his own pickup truck that was stopped near an exit ramp. The second pickup had been involved in an earlier accident when the driver had struck safety barriers as he exited onto the ramp, causing his vehicle to flip over.
The 30-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Local firefighters worked for two hours to extract the victim from between the two trucks. The man believed to have caused the crash was transported to a local hospital, but was later released and taken into custody. He faces a charge of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle, and according to jail records, bond has been set at $100,000. Reportedly, the overhead freeway lights around the crash site were not working when first responders arrived on scene.
Although this type of accident could happen to many people simply due to a moment of distraction or for other reasons, it appears this car accident may have resulted due to a driver's choice to operate his vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Failure of a municipality to properly maintain the lighting system may have also contributed to the crash. In any case, when the investigation concludes, the victim's family has the right to pursue a lawsuit in Texas civil court against the driver and/or entity deemed responsible.