Motorists on the road have a responsibility to one another to obey traffic rules to ensure each other’s safety. When a driver acts irresponsibly, he or she not only endangers their own life but also the lives of everyone on the road. However, it is not only actions on the road that put others at risk but also risky behaviors people engage in at home before getting on the road. Drinking or using drugs before getting behind the wheel can impair one’s ability to drive or react to changing road conditions.

This is perhaps what happened in a fatal motor vehicle accident in Texas recently. According to police officers, a 57-year-old man was driving south and coming upon an intersection where a car was stopped at a red light. The driver kept speeding towards the intersection and did not slow down. The motorist swerved to the left, presumably to avoid the car in the left lane, but ended up hitting a pedestrian at the median. As a result, the 31-year-old pedestrian died at the scene of the accident.

According to police, officers noticed the driver seemed impaired about the time and other things, in addition to have red and bloodshot eyes. He also admitted to the police that he had smoked synthetic marijuana earlier. Police have charged him with a second degree felony.

A fatal crash leaves family members frustrated and overwhelmed with their loss. One way to get closure is by holding the negligent driver accountable through a civil lawsuit, which progresses independently from a criminal one. A successful wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit may also provide compensation that family members can use to ease the financial burden that comes with losing someone.