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20-year-old faces wrongful death claim after church bus crash

Any time someone is killed in an accident, it's a tragedy that can affect families and communities. It's particularly tragic when the danger could have been avoided by keeping a driver off the road or banning a dangerous act, like texting.

When there is a combination of dangerous acts taking place, a crash can occur. That's what happened in this case involving a wrongful death lawsuit. A man in Uvalde County faces the lawsuit after crashing a truck into a bus in a collision that killed 13 members of a church in Braunfels.

The son of one of the crash victims brought the case against the 20-year-old driver and his father. Their action includes a plea to prohibit texting and driving within the state.

The lawsuit claims that the 20-year-old man knew the danger he was putting others in when he got behind the wheel. He admitted to texting following the crash. The lawsuit includes the young man's father because he the plaintiffs say that he was aware that his son took prescription drugs, used marijuana and texted while driving. Despite this, they say, he still allowed him to drive.

According to the suit, he had taken several prescription medications known to cause drowsiness before getting into the vehicle. The bus driver had been reportedly drifting in and out of his lane prior to the collision with the congregation.

Texas is one of just four states in the country that doesn't explicitly prohibit texting while driving. This lawsuit specifically seeks out help from the legislators in the state to make texting illegal.

If this kind of accident happens to you or a loved one, you have a right to file a claim just as this family member did. You can work to hold the driver responsible for his or her actions.

Source:, "Lawsuit filed in fatal church bus crash," Zeke MacCormack, April 18, 2017

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