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Boy killed by drunk driver in Texas -- sister seriously injured

Drunk driving is dangerous. Drunk driving accidents cause serious injuries that otherwise could have been avoided if the drunk driver had made better decisions. Despite the fact that most Texas residents understand the dangers of drinking and driving, drunk drivers still use Texas roads with devastating consequences.

Recently, a drunk driving accident has claimed the life of a 13-year-old boy. According to reports, the boy was in a Chevrolet Suburban SUV with his mother and 15-year-old sister at the time of the accident. Apparently, a drunk driver rear-ended the SUV with his F-150 pickup truck. The impact caused the boy's mother -- the SUV's driver -- to lose control over the vehicle and hit a wall. As a result of the car accident, the boy was killed. The boy's sister was taken to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition. The boy's mother only suffered minor injuries in the accident.

Police continue to investigate the accident to understand why it occurred. They claim that the driver of the pickup truck had been speeding at the time of the accident, in addition to the drinking. Criminal charges are pending. However, police also claim that the two teenagers were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the fatal accident.

Drunk driving accidents, like this one, can be devastating to Texas families. Families may be left without a loved one. Or drunk driving accident victims may be left with severe injuries that require extensive medical care. In either case, a criminal case may not be enough to help the family heal. Instead a civil case -- either a personal injury suit or wrongful death suit -- can help to ease the financial burden caused by the accident. While a lawsuit cannot take away the emotional pain of a sudden crash, it can help the family focus on healing instead of mounting medical bills and other expenses.

Source: KFOX 14, "Teenage boy dies in car accident, sister fights for life," Crystal Price, Jan. 19, 2014

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