A Texas community is in mourning this week after a tragic accident resulted in numerous fatalities. The coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams at the University of the Southwest was traveling with team members when the collision occurred. A vehicle from another lane veered across the line and struck the van that was transporting the coach and his players.
Sadly, the coach and six golf team members were killed in the horrific crash. Preliminary investigations revealed some shocking information. It appears that the driver of the vehicle that caused the fatal crash was a 13-year-old boy.
Grieving the sudden death of a loved one
Parents whose young adult children play sports in college have a right to reasonably expect that transportation will be provided by the school in accordance with Texas traffic laws and safety regulations. While there is always an inherent risk involved in motor vehicle travel, parents can at least feel confident that a school bus driver, coach or other adult who is driving their children to a sporting event will be alert and cautious at the wheel. They should never have to worry about a school bus driver running a red light, failing to yield or any other type of careless driving behavior.
Issues that may arise during recovery
While there are a number of legal issues to be sorted out with regard to this accident, driver negligence is often a causal factor in fatal collisions in Texas. A parent who suffers the loss of a child in a motor vehicle collision may seek justice in a civil court. In such cases, a plaintiff is tasked with providing evidence that shows that another person’s negligence was the cause of the incident that resulted in death.