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Texas mother, child die when driver’s rage causes head-on crash

Unintended victims are still victims. The attention Dallas drivers, occupied with talking and texting on cellphones, aren’t giving to the road can cause a car accident. Do they mean harm? Not likely. Will the distraction cause a collision? Not always, but the risk of a crash grows each time a driver’s senses are diverted.

Drinking alcohol and driving is not prohibited, as long a driver’s blood alcohol levels do not exceed the point of intoxication. The driver who assumes he or she is fit to drive may not be. That poor decision can be costly. Just ask the victims of driver negligence.

Some people choose to harm others and others simply do nothing to prevent injuries or deaths from happening. In either case, an individual can be held responsible for failing to honor a "care of duty" to other human beings.

Authorities in eastern Harris County said a driver, who used his truck in an attempt to run his wife’s vehicle off eastbound FM 1943, slammed straight on into another vehicle. The truck driver was injured; his wife was slightly hurt. The two people uninvolved in the road rage incident were the ones to pay the price.

A mother and her 2-year-old son were killed when the truck crossed into the westbound lane, crashed into them and caught fire. The woman was killed instantly. The toddler died of accident injuries the next day. A church in Nederland sponsored a sale to raise money for the man, the church’s former music director, who lost his wife and son.

The sad days that continue past funerals and burials can be made worse for surviving family members by extraordinary expenses. A victim’s final medical costs and a financial adjustment to a loss of important income are costs many families can ill afford. Claims may be filed with Texas civil courts to recover damages for wrongful deaths.

Source: panews.com, "Wife, son of former LSC-PA music director killed in road rage wreck" Mary Meaux, Oct. 01, 2013

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