Plano authorities report that a driver died on Monday, Dec. 4, following a collision with a tree as they traveled northbound on Dallas Parkway. Police suspect that speeding and intoxication may have played a role in the crash.

Details of the Accident

Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle swerving across lanes while traveling on the Dallas North Tollway just before 7:30 am. The vehicle exited the Tollway at the Parker Road ramp, reportedly driving “at a high rate of speed.” Soon after, the vehicle swerved off the roadway and collided with a tree.

The driver, a 33-year-old female, was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

While an investigation is still underway and toxicology reports are pending, police told reporters that speed and intoxication are both “suspected.”

Single-Vehicle Accidents in Texas

Most often when we think about car accidents, rear-end crashes, t-bones, and pile-ups are what come to mind. However, many people are injured and killed in single-vehicle car accidents in Texas every year. While these accidents can be caused by some of the same factors that lead to multi-vehicle accidents, the prevalence of some factors increase the risk of single-vehicle crashes.

That is to say, there are some behaviors that we often see in single-vehicle car accidents.

For instance, according to Driving Tests, nearly half of all single-vehicle car accidents involve speeding. For perspective, speeding is involved in roughly a third of overall car accidents. Similarly, drunk-driving was involved in 42% of single-vehicle accidents, but roughly 30% of overall accidents.

Thankfully, being aware of a problem is the first step towards addressing that problem. Below, you can find some of the most common causes of single-vehicle car accidents.

    • Speeding
    • Mechanical failure
    • Intoxication
    • Distraction
    • Leaving the road
    • Bad weather/driving conditions
    • Lack of sleep
    • Lack of experience
    • Road obstructions

Each of these risk factors represents either a behavior to avoid or a situation to look out for. If you do find yourself involved in a single-vehicle car accident, you can contact a Houston car accident attorney to learn if you might be eligible for compensation.

Wrongful Death in Texas, What You Need to Know

While accidents in which the driver was at-fault are unlikely to result in a successful wrongful death suit, victims of accidents caused by the negligence or actions of others could be owed compensation.

According to Texas wrongful death laws, a person is liable for damages if they caused the death of another person due to negligence, carelessness, unfitness, or wrongful acts. Wrongful death damages may also be owed if a victim is killed due to unsafe conditions that were under the control of the liable party. This includes cases in which a public space is unsafe due to the neglect or actions of a municipality, or someone dies as a result of that lack of safety.

In Texas, you have two years from the time of the death to file a wrongful death suit. Children, parents, and spouses of those killed due to someone else’s actions may be owed funeral expenses, lost income, and compensation for pain and suffering. If you’ve lost a loved one in a Texas truck or car accident, contact a Houston car accident attorney to learn if you have a case.

If your loved one has been killed in a car accident caused by the actions or negligence of others, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, to learn if you might be eligible for compensation for your suffering.

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Source: Dallas News


About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.

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