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Impaired driving not the only type of negligent driving

There's a common misconception out there about car accidents and lawsuits. Many whose loved ones died in a motor vehicle accident here in Texas may think that the only winnable cases are ones involving drunk driving or other impairing substances. Because of this, they sit on the sidelines and suffer alone, footing the bill for medical costs, funeral expenses and the loss of wages that can accompany the death of a family member.

There are plenty of cases, though, where another driver's negligence has nothing to do with drugs or alcohol. With the advent of smartphones, drivers' noses are often facing downward, reading that text that just popped in or responding to an email. Also, drivers sometimes operate a vehicle while drowsy and either fall asleep at the wheel or crash because their senses were dulled.

Police are investigating the cause of an accident that left two dead and one injured in another state, Louisiana. The driver of a Ford Edge purportedly sideswiped a Jeep and then crossed the highway's median and went into oncoming traffic. After roughly a half mile of purportedly driving against traffic, the driver slammed head-on with a Toyota Avalon. The collision caused the Ford to rotate and become partially airborne. This led to a Toyota Tundra and a Chevrolet Tahoe becoming involved in the accident. The driver of the Ford and the driver of the Avalon were killed, while the driver of the Tundra suffered minor injuries.

One wonders if distracted driving, drowsy driving or other forms of negligence will be found to have played any role in this accident.

When it comes to any fatal crash, looking to see if negligence was involved can be important. If a person died in an auto accident that was caused by any type of negligence by another motorist, actions aimed at seeking compensation may be able to be taken be the victim's family.

Source: WDSU, "Victims identified in fatal crash on Highway 190 in Mandeville," Clint Durrett, June 4, 2014

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