No Texas parent wants to receive a phone call from police in the wee hours of the morning, saying that his or her teenage child has been in a motor vehicle collision. This is especially devastating when the young person involved suffered serious or life-threatening injuries. On a recent Sunday, at approximately 4 a.m., a vehicle hit a concrete culvert and was catapulted into the air. The crash ultimately resulted in a fatality.
Two occupants of the car were ejected upon impact. One was a 15-year-old boy. Rescuers transported him to a hospital for emergency care. Sadly, however, he later succumbed to his injuries.
Several others also suffered serious injuries in the crash
At least three other people, including the driver, were also taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Texas police are continuing their investigation of the incident. Investigators say that they suspect drugs or alcohol were key factors in the crash.
Coping with the sudden death of a loved one
When a Texas family loses a loved one in a sudden and unexpected way, such as a motor vehicle collision, the grief is overwhelming, particularly when the victim was a teenager or younger child. In cases where a collision was caused by driver negligence, feelings of frustration and anger may also be part of the grieving process. In the past, many families have taken comfort in the fact that state law allows an immediate family member to file a wrongful death claim against any person deemed responsible for a loved one’s death.