Any accident that takes the life of a child is tragic and negatively impacts a family forever. This is especially true when such an accident occurs during the holidays; especially when the accident may have been preventable. One family has been negatively impacted by such a tragedy, and the cause of the accident may have been a distracted driver.
On Christmas Eve, a family was traveling south on Interstate 35 in Denton. At the time, Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety were in the process of conducting a traffic stop on the shoulder near 2499. That caused traffic to slow down.
The accident happened when a 1998 Toyota Camry containing a family of four who were on their way to spend Christmas with family, were stopped in the left lane, and a Toyota 4Runner slammed into it from behind. According to police at the scene, the driver of the 4Runner may have been chatting on a cell phone when he crashed into the Camry.
The impact of the crash left both parents and their 8-year-old son injured, and they were transported by ambulance to the emergency room at Denton Regional Hospital, where their condition is unknown. However, their 5-year-old daughter was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, where she was soon after pronounced dead.
The driver of the 4Runner was also taken to Denton Regional Hospital by ambulance, and his condition is also not known. The details of the accident are still under investigation, and police have not yet determined if the driver who caused the crash will face charges. No names have been released by police as yet.
Texas DPS issued a statement after the accident, pleading with all Texas drivers to put down their devices for the holiday season, to prevent other such tragedies from devastating other families.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has been attempting to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, which includes the use of an electronic device, or anything that causes a driver to shift their attention away from the act of driving. Distracted driving is becoming increasingly common, as well as increasingly dangerous, throughout the state of Texas. The state saw nearly 95,000 traffic accidents in 2013, which resulted in 18,576 serious injuries and 459 fatalities. In all, one out of every five traffic accidents involves distraction of some kind.
If you or a loved one has become a distracted driving statistic, by being injured or killed in an accident involving a suspected distracted driver, please contact the Texas Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible to protect your rights.