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By Luke Dow on October 05, 2015

Accidents happen every day. There are times, however, when no one expects or anticipates experiencing a motor vehicle accident.It was during this year's annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, that the more than 200,000 attendees experienced the tragic surprise of a lifetime. According to the Huffington Post, four are dead and more than 20 were injured when a motor vehicle, allegedly being driven by a drunk driver crashed into the festival crowd.

The report indicates that at the time of the accident, the man driving the car, an aspiring rapper from Killeen, Texas, was allegedly intoxicated and fleeing the police. The victims were experiencing the festival on a portion of a street that was closed off by safety barriers. The car crashed through the barrier before finally stopping. Two of the victims died at the scene and two others died in the weeks following the accident.

Police indicate that the driver of the vehicle was 21 years old. He has been charged with capital murder, and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. The report indicates that additional charges are being sought before a Texas grand jury. The man charged with the crime was jailed on a three million dollar bond. further reports that public meetings and hearings are scheduled to be held this month at the City Hall in Austin to update and educate citizens on issues of public safety, the festival venue, local traffic, and the accident that took place.

Suing For Personal Injury Damages Following A Criminal Case

When a criminal act occurs that results in injuries or death, victims are often entitled to seek damages for their injuries in a civil action. Although a criminal matter may help expose facts of the case that are helpful to prove liability, it is essential to begin your civil, personal injury action in a timely fashion.

When a criminal matter is resolved against a defendant, a plaintiff will still need to prove the case against the defendant in the personal injury action. Issues may come into play where the person alleged to have caused the accident pleads "nolo contendere," or "no contest" to the charges against them. If, in the personal injury trial, a defendant denies certain facts regarding the accident, the arrest, plea and conviction in the criminal matter may be used against them to impeach, or go against, the defendant's denial.

If you have been the victim of an accident caused by another person, or if you have lost a loved one due to such an accident, you may be entitled to recovery. Where a criminal action is resolved before the civil matter, issues of proof may come into play. It is vital to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side, to guide you through the case, and lead you on a course to the best possible recovery.

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