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Child killed in Harris County car accident

A tragic auto accident in North Harris County has claimed the life of a child. According to authorities, the two-car collision happened at the intersection of Sciaaca Drive and Cypresswood. A pickup truck driving south on Sciaaca allegedly blew through a stop sign, crossed four lanes of traffic and crashed into a passenger vehicle that was going east on Cypresswood.

There were four occupants in the car that was hit. One of them, a child, was taken by helicopter to a local medical center. Medical personnel were unable to save the child. The other three people in the car were transported to a hospital by ambulance. They are expected to live. Authorities say no one in the pickup suffered any injuries.

T-bone accidents are often the result when a vehicle enters an intersection after failing to yield the right of way. When the front of one vehicle strikes the passenger compartment of the other, serious injury or death can result.

When a person is killed in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, the surviving next of kin have the right to bring a wrongful death action against that driver. Negligence means the failure to exercise that level of care that a reasonable person would exercise under the circumstances. Failing to stop at a stop sign is negligence under the law.

In a wrongful death case, Texas law allows the family to recover damages for funeral expenses, loss of support and loss of companionship. When a child is killed no amount of money can ever compensate the family for their loss. But a wrongful death recovery can give them some sense that the person who caused the accident has been held accountable.

Source: KTRK, "Child Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash in North Harris County," July 20, 2014

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