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Car accidents in Texas claim lives and devastate families

In Texas and many states, young people are told of the dangers of drinking and driving. Through school programs and public awareness campaigns, safety advocates warn students that their own lives and the lives of others are at stake if they choose to drive while intoxicated. Nevertheless, not everyone heeds these warnings. The resulting car accidents are often catastrophic, as one family learned recently.

In the early hours of the morning, a 17-year-old driving a truck with a steel flatbed rounded a curve and lost control of his vehicle. His truck crossed the center line and hit a car in the opposite lane. The car struck the corner of the truck's steel bed instantly killing an elderly passenger who was seated behind the driver of the car. The driver and his wife in the front passenger's seat were seriously injured, as was the driver's 84-year-old mother.

The young man in the truck was charged with intoxication manslaughter for the death of the woman in the car. He also faces three charges of intoxication assault. After doctors examined him at a local hospital, he was taken to a Texas jail where police processed him and released him on bond.

Meanwhile, the family members of the accident victim are no doubt dealing with many emotions as they grieve for their loved one and wait anxiously for medical updates. They are likely facing many days of sorrow and suffering, as well as medical expenses and related costs. In such cases, the help of an attorney can be invaluable. A lawyer can guide victims of car accidents in seeking possible compensation for their pain and suffering.

Source: Conroe, TX Patch, "17-Year Old Conroe Man Charged Intoxication Manslaughter, Intoxication Assault", Bryan Kirk, March 7, 2017

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