Stories of car accidents involving fatalities are always heart-wrenching to hear. In theory, car accidents and motorcycle accidents and the corresponding effects can happen to anyone, and when someone in our community loses their life suddenly, it really makes you stop and think. Recently, a collision between a vehicle and a motorcyclist resulted in a fatality. After a month-long investigation, criminal charges have been filed.
The man accused of manslaughter is just a teenager, only 18 years of age. The accident between his vehicle and the motorcyclist resulted in the motorcyclist's untimely death. While the Texas state patrol investigated, they determined that the accused was driving a black Nissan Sentra at 107 mph just seconds prior to crashing into a motorcyclist on Farm-to-Market 1925. While manslaughter is not a charge that will be seen in civil court, it does usually indicate that a personal injury suit may be brewing for the loved one's of the motorcyclist who lost his life.
Medical records also indicated that the accused was positive for THC and benzodiazepines in his system during the time of the crash, which is listed according to the affidavit in this case. A judge set the man's bond at $25,000. 107 MPH is an excessive speed and likely double the legal limit in that area. While a criminal suit could bring closure in means of responsibility for the accident, a personal injury suit would seek damages from the accused and his insurance company.
It is hard to know for sure, but likely the man driving the vehicle was intoxicated at the time of the crash. It's hard to know what the liability is in something like this, whether due to speed, drug use or other factors yet to be uncovered. Personal injury suits exist to help loved ones who have lost important people in their life suddenly, due to negligence that causes injuries or fatalities.