Many Texas drivers have experienced car trouble at one time or another during a road trip. While people in these situations usually find a safe spot to stop and seek help, sometimes these situations happen on a busy stretch of roadway. Drivers in such a predicament have to pull their vehicle off the road and risk putting themselves in a potentially dangerous position. Unfortunately, a recent example ended with a fatal accident when three people lost their lives after they parked their disabled vehicle under a bridge on a highway.
The accident happened late on a Thursday evening on an Arlington highway. A vehicle drifted over to the shoulder and hit one of two parked cars. The car that was hit then hit the other car parked under the bridge. All three vehicles caught fire. According to police, one of the cars was disabled, which is why it was pulled over to the shoulder under the bridge, and they have speculated that the other car was there because someone stopped to help the occupants of the disabled car.
At the time of the crash, a person inside one of the cars died at the scene, while another person standing outside the car also died on-site. According to the medical examiner, a third person, who had also been standing outside the cars, died later at a local hospital. The 29-year-old man believed responsible for the crash was treated for minor injuries; police then booked him into jail. He now faces three charges of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle.
Sadly, in this case, one person apparently made the reckless decision to drink and then drive. Now, three people are dead, and their families are most certainly grieving the loss of their loved ones, as well as likely feeling a great deal of frustration knowing this fatal accident happened so needlessly. Although the driver will already have to deal with serious criminal charges, the victims' families have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in a Texas civil court. An attorney experienced in personal injury law can review the case details and explain their options for legal recourse.