Young child dead after Austin car crash
In accident in Northwest Austin claimed the life of a four-year-old girl this week, and injured two others. An adult female and three children were in the car at the time of the crash. The woman was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and two other children, a girl aged four and a boy aged five, were also hospitalized. The third child did not sustain any injuries.
The police responded to the scene and found the SUV in which the family was traveling had struck a tree. The cause of the accident is not known, but it does not appear that any other vehicles were involved. Accidents like this one, where many of the details are unknown can be a struggle for the families who are affected. It is often the unanswered questions which are the most emotionally difficult. Moreover, the injuries sustained in an accident can have serious and long-lasting consequences.
In some cases, accidents like this one are caused by vehicle malfunctions rather than human error. Auto defects should be taken seriously, and though we may sometimes hear of recalls due to errors, it may not occur to many people to pursue the manufacturer for replacement parts before an accident occurs. If an accident can be proven to be caused by a problem with vehicle design or a defective part, litigation for settlement may be an option.
For Austin drivers, there are many decisions to be made even before getting behind the wheel. For those who have been injured due to the negligence of another driver or vehicle manufacturer, there are legal options to pursue.
Source:KHOU, "4-year-old killed in NW Austin crash; 2 injured," Feb. 20, 2013