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Tragic accident claims life of 6-year-old girl

A Galveston County, Texas, family is mourning the loss of a 6-year-old girl. She was killed in a motor vehicle accident involving a golf cart.

The accident occurred on Jan. 17 in Trinity County, which is about two hours away from Bacliff, Texas, which is where the family is from. According to investigators with the Department of Public Safety, an 8-year-old boy was driving a 2010 EZ-GO golf cart. The girl was a passenger. The golf cart flipped when they were attempting a turn. While the boy was not injured, the little girl died after being transported to the East Texas Medical Center.

A woman in Bacliff said her children often played with the girl. She said, "It's sad. I feel for her parents. It's just so unfortunate. Nobody should have to go through that."

Unfortunately, accidents often occur when another person is being negligent or reckless. In this case, it's possible that the parents of the boy who was driving could be held liable for allowing the 8-year-old to drive the golf cart.

When a loved one is lost in an accident that was not the victim's fault, there is often a mixture of flooding emotions. Filing a civil suit against the responsible party will not bring back the victim, but on some level, a successful wrongful death lawsuit can bring a sense of justice. Criminal charges do not have to be filed in order for a civil suit to proceeds, although sometimes, a conviction on criminal charges can help strengthen a civil case.

If you have lost a family member because of the actions of another person, an experienced attorney can help you determine if seeking compensation for medical expenses, final expenses, pain and suffering and more is how you want to proceed.

Source: click2houston.com, "6-year-old girl killed in golf cart accident," Syan Rhodes, Jan. 18, 2016

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