A horrific rear end car accident in Dallas claimed the life of a young mother and her infant son last week. The collision put their father and husband in the hospital in critical condition and forced the vehicle they were riding in into the car in front of them. This led to additional injuries to that car’s passengers. The driver that caused the accident was uninjured.
The victims of the Dallas car accident were 33-year-old Whitney McGaughey and her 10-month old son Michael, who was declared dead at the scene. The two were passengers in a 2004 Ford Taurus being driven by her husband Mike. Their car was struck by a Ford F-350 being driven by 48-year-old Terry Donte Rose. The force of the accident forced the Taurus into the 2007 Audi in front of them, which was driven by 44-year-old David Hemple. He was uninjured but his front seat passenger and three passengers in the back seat required hospitalization. Rose has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.
Rear End Car Accidents are Dallas’ Most Common Type of Collision
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear end car accidents are the most common in the country, representing approximately 40% of all collisions. Though many rear end car accidents are relatively minor, they can lead to significant injuries and, as in this car accident in Dallas, fatalities. As of 2015, of the roughly 1.7 million rear end collisions that occur in the United States each year, there are half a million injuries and 17,000 deaths each year. The seriousness of rear end collisions has escalated as the use of smart phones and other distractions have been on the rise.
Generally speaking, rear-end collisions are a result of a driver not paying enough attention. This represents negligence on their part. While the legal system may pursue the criminal aspect of this negligence, the victims in a rear end collision are nothing more than witnesses in a criminal case. In order for them to get compensation for the injuries and losses they’ve suffered, they must pursue their own civil negligence case on their own.