A car going the wrong way on the freeway has to be one of the most dangerous situations on the road. The crashes that result from wrong-way drivers are often fatal. A recent fatal accident on Interstate 30 in Fort Worth provides a chilling example.
The accident happened at around 2:30 in the morning. A black BMW 740i driven by a 41-year-old Dallas man was driving the wrong way on the interstate. A witness called 911 shortly before the crash to report a black car driving the wrong way at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lanes of the freeway, near the exit for Oakland Boulevard. Just a few minutes later, before police could do anything to stop the wrong-way driver, they received word an accident had occurred.
The BMW had slammed into a Toyota Prius in the vicinity of Beach Street. The driver of the Toyota, a 30-year-old Fort Worth man, died in the wreck.
Accident investigators concluded that the BMW had swerved into the path of the Toyota. Police have not provided any indication as to why the BMW was driving the wrong way. According to court records, however, the driver of the BMW had been charged with a DUI in 2004. It was not known, at the time this post was prepared, whether alcohol played a part in this crash.
The sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one in a fatal car crash is a tragedy for any family. If the death was caused by another driver's negligence, a civil lawsuit for wrongful death can provide some compensation for the family, by allowing the recovery of damages for loss of support and loss of companionship. No amount of money can compensate for the loss of a human life. But a wrongful death recovery can sometimes give a grieving family some sense of justice.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Driver in fatal wrong-way crash on I-30 identified," Domingo Ramirez, Jr., Feb. 5, 2013