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Wrongful death: 2 minors killed in Texas wreck

Authorities in Texas expect to file criminal charges in a recent fatal accident that left two children dead. The accident was apparently caused by a driver who failed to notice that another car was slowing down to make a turn. Although criminal allegations are not a required prerequisite for pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court, families may be able to use evidence collected by authorities in cases such as this to further support their claims of negligence.

A 33-year-old woman was heading northbound on U.S. 281 just before the wreck. She had slowed her SUV to a stop as she waited to turn left onto another road. However, another 33-year-old woman who was driving a pickup truck and traveling on the same road did not notice that the SUV in front of her had come to a stop. The truck driver struck the back of the SUV, pushing it into southbound traffic.

A 17-year-old southbound driver was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision, and collided with the SUV. A 5-year-old child and 9-month-old infant were in the SUV at the time of the accident, both of whom were killed. The SUV driver suffered serious injuries and had to be airlifted to an area hospital. The other drivers involved in the accident were also taken to the hospital.

While criminal justice is important for many Texas families dealing with the unexpected deaths of their loved ones, it is often not enough. There are often immense financial damages that surviving family members are left behind to deal with, including things like lost wages, medical bills and more. In these situations, a successfully pursued wrongful death claim can help families address these often overwhelming costs.

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