When a Texas resident dies in an automobile accident, the trajectory of the lives of his or her family members is inevitably altered. The initial days and weeks following the fatal auto accident are often marked by shock, as the reality of the tragedy sets in. Once the stages of grief have passed, the family is left to deal with the loss of not only their loved one's companionship but also of the role they played within the structure of the family.
A recent fatal crash involving two pickup trucks has left three families in this scenario. The crash occurred when the driver of one of the trucks attempted to pass another vehicle travelling in front of him. When the driver entered the northbound lane to try to pass, he encountered another pickup truck approaching from the opposite direction.
The ensuing collision ended the lives of both drivers and a passenger in one of the vehicles. All three were pronounced dead when emergency responders arrived at the scene. A fourth man survived the crash, but remains hospitalized in critical condition.
There are no words that can adequately address the emotional distress of the families of the deceased. They will need both time and support to move past the fatal auto accident. As the Texas investigation continues, the final report may determine that the driver who attempted to pass was responsible for this crash. If so, the families of the victims could pursue wrongful death suits against his estate, which could help them recover some of the damages brought on by this terrible, and possibly avoidable incident.
Source: Mywesttexas.com, "DPS: 3 oilfield workers die in collision; 1 remains in critical condition," Tyler White, Jan. 15, 2013