Last week, a fatal wreck involving one vehicle happened on Highway 287. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the crash happened between Fisher Road and Hammon Road.
A white Chevy SUV traveling northbound on 287 crashed into a light pole and concrete divider after apparently losing control. First responders were swiftly on the scene. The passenger was pronounced dead on the scene, and the driver was airlifted to the 11th Street Emergency Room of United Regional Hospital.
Fatal Texoma Wreck Still Under Investigation
At this time, it’s still unclear why or how the driver, 39-year-old Michelle Doyle, lost control of the vehicle. Could it have been a case of distracted driving? Were drugs or alcohol factors in this wreck?
The deceased passenger has been identified as 35-year-old Richard Hines. Doyle and Hines were both residents of Haltom City, Texas. The driver was treated for unknown injuries, but they were described as serious. KFDX News also reports that the cause of this deadly wreck is still under investigation.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Although the cause of this crash hasn’t been determined yet, it’s not uncommon for distracted driving to be a factor in daytime one-vehicle wrecks. Any time a driver takes his or her attention away from the roadway, lives are put at risk.
Everybody knows that texting-while-driving is a dangerous behavior behind the wheel, but irresponsible drivers across Texoma engage in a variety of other distracted behaviors too. Anytime your cognitive, physical or visual attention is taken away from the task of driving, you’re distracted. Day dreaming, applying makeup, adjusting GPS machines and even eating fast food can all be types of distracted driving.
Wrongful Death Cases in North Texas
In cases where a driver’s negligent, reckless or careless behavior causes the death of a passenger, victim’s family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Although no amount of money can replace your loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can help families who are facing extensive medical bills, funeral expenses and a loss of future earnings.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation. An experienced wrongful death attorney can be your family’s advocate during this difficult time. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Richard Hines.