A pedestrian was killed after a car crashed into him. Texas law enforcement authorities arrived on the scene of the 2:09 a.m. crash to find the accident victim lying on the road. It was not immediately clear whether alcohol or drugs played a part in the motor vehicle accident.
How the accident occurred
The Texas wreck occurred on West Interstate 14. According to police, a 41-year-old man was crossing the highway, heading north. A car traveling westbound suddenly struck him.
The driver reportedly went back to the crash scene to find the victim and called 911. Police said the pedestrian was unresponsive when they found him at the crash scene. Authorities pronounced him dead an hour and a half after the accident.
Legal recourse available following the wreck
It’s possible that an investigation may disclose that the driver caused or substantially contributed to the accident due to speeding or driving while distracted. In this situation, the victim’s surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the driver, seeking the reimbursement of documented monetary damages sustained due to the accident. Once liability is established, based upon a showing of negligence, the court will adjudicate claims for damages.
A successfully presented claim typically results in a monetary damage award to cover funeral costs and related expenses. Damages may also address the loss of the victim’s income and support for his surviving dependents. No amount of money can change what has already happened, but financial damages may help the victim’s loved ones move forward from the tragedy.