A man has sadly lost his life in a pedestrian accident in Austin. The accident occurred early in the morning on a recent Wednesday. These types of collisions can easily occur due to a driver’s carelessness, in which case the reportedly at-fault driver might be held liable for any injuries or deaths resulting from the wreck.
Events leading up to the accident
The fatal crash took place at about 5:23 a.m. along North Interstate 35. According to authorities, a car struck a pedestrian in the interstate’s southbound lanes. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the collision.
The crash reportedly caused significant delays in traffic. Police reported that they had to close southbound lanes and divert traffic to a frontage road following the collision. Authorities continued to investigate the cause of the wreck.
Potential legal recourse following the collision
Texas authorities might discover that the accident occurred due to negligent driving, such as driving too quickly for road conditions or driving while distracted. In this situation, the deceased family members of the pedestrian may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the driver, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. Only if they establish liability, based upon a showing of negligence, will the judge hearing the case adjudicate their claim for damages.
A successfully litigated wrongful death claim might result in monetary damages to cover the pedestrian’s funeral expenses and other losses, stemming from the accident, such as the loss of support for the pedestrian’s dependents. No amount of money can undo the events leading to the fatal crash. However, a financial damage award may help the deceased pedestrian’s loved ones to experience a sense of justice in the aftermath of the collision.