Man Crashes Car Into Fort Worth Home
In a shocking story coming out of Fort Worth, Texas, a man drove into a residential home while fleeing the scene of an accident. Far too often in Tyler, Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, El Paso and elsewhere throughout Texas, irresponsible driving causes multiple car accidents, injuries to pedestrians and bystanders and damage to property. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys.
Driver flees scene of an accident only to cause another
According to the Fort Worth police, 39 year-old Gaylon Moore fled the scene of an accident on Friday, November 15, 2013, with a 6 year-old passenger in tow, only to cause another. The initial accident occurred on Southwest Boulevard on the bridge crossing over West Vickery Boulevard. Immediately after the accident, Moore fled the scene. In his attempt to flee, he drove across a grass median, crossed the Southwest Boulevard’s service road, and hit a fire hydrant. As a result of striking the fire hydrant, Moore’s car flipped and rolled into the garage of the home of Leslie Brammer on Culver Avenue.
Brammer claims that at the time of the accident, he was walking to the garage so he could get in the car and go pick up his granddaughter. He is lucky that he had not yet reached the garage when Moore’s car slammed into the house. When Brammer opened the door, he saw nothing but the garage collapsing.
Moore was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was pronounced dead. There was a 6 year-old passenger in Moore’s vehicle, believed to be Moore’s son, who thankfully survived the crash with only minor injuries. The young child was treated at Cook Children’s Medical Center.
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Can Moore still be held liable for the damages?
Although Mr. Moore unfortunately did not survive the accident, it seems clear that he was the cause of the damage. Can Mr. Moore be held liable for the damage he caused even though he is now deceased? The short answer is yes. Hopefully Mr. Moore was an insured driver. If he was, then his insurance should cover the costs of any damage caused by Mr. Moore’s accident. If he was not insured, then it is possible that Mr. Brammer can still recover money. When someone passes away, they leave behind an estate. The estate includes personal possessions and real property, such as bank accounts and real estate.
There are several different types of “damages” that can be awarded after an accident occurs. “Damages” are what courts call awards of money. Depending on the nature of the accident or injury, you may be eligible for some kinds of damages but not others. Examples of types of damages available in Texas include actual damages, nominal damages, and exemplary damages. In forthcoming posts, we will explain the nature of each kind of the damages listed.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the actions of another, please contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation.