Fatal Dallas Car Accident Caused by DWI
- April 21, 2014
- Car Accidents
Last month a fatal Dallas car accident occurred in Dallas that took the life of an 18-month-old girl and caused debilitating and catastrophic injuries to the mother. The man that caused the accident admitted to using marijuana and PCP (Phencyclidine) before he got behind the wheel. According to reports the man was driving erratically, speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. The man hit a car from behind sending it careening into a guardrail. The impact was so hard the back seat was pushed forward into the front seat of the car.
The man was reported as being aggressive, acting very strangely, and was speaking about his drug use prior to getting into his car. When someone has taken PCP their behavior is unpredictable. When paired with marijuana the effects of PCP can cause a very extreme intensification of the side effects.
Providing a Standard of Care
Every person must practice a certain standard of care. A standard of care is defined as the standard that a reasonably prudent person would have used in a similar situation. For example, in the case above, the negligent driver failed to use a reasonable standard of care by using drugs and getting behind the wheel of his vehicle. Reasonable people know that using drugs and driving isn’t a reasonable option. They know someone will get hurt.
The man who caused the accident will be criminally liable for the fatality he caused, along with his use and possession of drugs, and driving a motor vehicle under the influence. He will pay the price through the criminal justice system for these crimes. However, he is also criminally negligent because he put others at risk, and caused catastrophic injury, and death.
When a fatality accident occurs because of a criminally negligent driver you need to contact a Dallas car accident attorney right away. These types of accidents can be devastating for families, and survivors. The family will be left to pick up the pieces by paying medical expenses, funeral expenses, and dealing with the monumental emotional anguish of losing a family member, or helping a family member with a life changing injury.
These types of cases can be very complicated. They may also take a few years to settle. Don’t try to deal with insurance companies, hospitals, and collection agencies alone. Let an experienced attorney help you settle your case and help you find peace of mind.