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Distracted driving leads to death of Texas teenager

A terrible car accident happened late last month and took the life of a teenager from Cleveland, Texas. The 17-year-old and her mother, who was driving, were about to make a turn when their car was forcefully rear-ended by a truck pulling a trailer. The accident is believed to be a tragic case of distracted driving.

The 21-year-old Deer Park man who was driving the truck momentarily took his eyes off of the road, and when he refocused his attention, it was too late. The truck barreled into the back of the car, sending it across the roadway and into a ditch.

The mother driving the car was flown to Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Sadly, her 17-year-old daughter passed away at the crash site.

A 55-year-old passenger was also in the truck at the time of the accident, but neither he nor the younger man suffered serious injuries. At the time of a Cleveland Advocate report, authorities were still considering charges against the truck driver.

It is a shame that devastating auto accidents have to serve as reminders of the serious consequences of distracted driving. Beyond the emotional pain experienced by surviving family members, fatal car accidents cause unexpected monetary damages as well. Dealing with the aftermath of a loved one's death is hard enough without having to confront funeral and burial costs.

Texas wrongful death law provides that families can receive compensation for these damages, as well as monetary support in the family's time of grief. There is no compensating for the sudden loss of a loved one, but mourning families do deserve some form of justice under the law.

Source: Cleveland Advocate, "Cleveland teen killed in accident," Vanesa Brashier, April 5, 2013

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