Jeff Gladney Car Accident in Dallas: Arizona Cardinals Cornerback Condolences
First and foremost, our hearts and condolences go out to the loved ones and all parties involved in the passing of Jeff Gladney, the 25-year-old Arizona Cardinals cornerback who passed away in a car accident in Dallas early Monday morning. This is a tragic event. The goal of this article is to educate our readers to potentially prevent an incident like this from occurring. There is a substantial legal liability that can occur after an incident like this. There are a number of parties that could potentially be held legally responsible. In no way are we making assumptions on who is at fault because no credible evidence has come out yet. However, this collision did occur early in the morning on a holiday weekend and high speeds were involved.
Because deaths were involved in this case, the local Dallas authorities will take their time before releasing their findings including the police report. Toxicology reports on both drivers will determine if either driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If either party was under the influence, the loved ones of the family can file a claim against the other party’s insurance to seek damages. This can include funeral expenses, hospital bills, loss of earning capacity of the decedent, and the loved one(s) own damages including pain and suffering and loss of consortium. If one of the parties was consuming alcohol at a bar or establishment that serves alcohol, the bar (or dram shop) opens itself up to liability depending on how much alcohol the bar served the individual. In Texas, punitive damages are allowed to be sought if there is evidence that one of the parties was found to be grossly negligent.
Gross negligence means a conscious, voluntary act or omission in reckless disregard for human life causing another person to suffer damages. As soon as more evidence comes up, we will be giving a legal opinion on this case. Again, our prayers go out to the families involved. This article is written to hopefully prevent an incident like this from occurring in the future.