A man and his juvenile passenger died on Sunday when the vehicle they were in left the road and collided with a warehouse located in Red Oak. The two became trapped in the burning vehicle after the collision.
Details About the Crash
Both a driver and his juvenile passenger are dead following a collision with a storage facility in Red Oak. The details of the crash are still under investigation by authorities, but it is currently unclear why the vehicle left the roadway in the first place.
The vehicle was driven by a Waxahachie resident who was accompanied by a juvenile male. On November 1 in the 2600 block of E. Ovilla Road, the adult left the road and collided with the Spare Room Mini Warehouse. Both the vehicle and the building caught on fire, though no one in the warehouse was injured.
Roughly one hour after the crash, the occupants of the vehicle were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Car Accident Fatalities in Texas
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 3,610 traffic deaths in 2019. While this number is significant, it represents a continuing downward trend in fatal accidents in Texas over the last three years. Despite that decline, the estimated cost of these accidents has stayed relatively steady at over $39 million.
Of those fatal crashes, the majority occur in rural areas of the state. Nearly a third of all fatal crashes involved only one vehicle running off the road.
Unfortunately, there were no days without a fatal car accident in Texas in 2019. In fact, TxDOT estimates that there was one traffic fatality roughly every two and a half hours in that same year.
Car Crashes and Wrongful Death
While each traffic fatality is a tragedy, some of those crashes may also be examples of wrongful death. Wrongful death claims are filed when the loved ones of the deceased feel that another party played a role in the accident, often through negligence or reckless actions. In these instances, the family of the deceased may seek compensation for the financial losses that they suffered. They may also wish to see the party that they feel is at fault be held responsible for their behavior.
Wrongful death cases can cover any deaths that may have been caused by a third party, and car accidents make up a significant portion of those cases. This makes sense given the speed and weight of many vehicles on the road.
Wrongful death suits are a way for families to seek justice through compensation, even in the case that no crime was committed. The relief awarded in wrongful death suits can go a long way towards relieving the financial strain that comes with the loss of a loved one.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, the Houston Car Accident Attorneys at Lapeze & Johns would be proud to represent you.
Source: CBS DFW