• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: September 2018

Rafie Martin & Zachery Palazzeti Killed in Crash HOUSTON (September 17, 2018) – Late Saturday night, two men were pronounced dead after a major car crash in northwest Houston.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) reports Zachery Palazzeti was driving a 2018 Acura ILX, speeding through the red light at the intersection of TX-249 and Fallbrook Drive and crashed into another vehicle.

The other driver was later identified as Rafie Martin. There were no other passengers in the vehicles and both drivers were pronounced dead on the scene.

The car accident remains under investigation by HCSO and the Vehicular Crimes Division (VCD). The VCD investigates fatal car crashes, major hit and run accidents, and collisions involving the police and fire department fleet vehicles.

Car accidents that claim innocent lives because of someone’s negligence are tragic. In 2017, Texas reported 761 people killed in car crashes occurring in intersections and 552 people killed in head-on collisions. Speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving are the most common causes for car accidents.

Fatal vehicle collisions such as Palazzeti’s will go under thorough investigation to determine the cause for his behavior and confirm liability. Although he is considered the at-fault driver and died, does not mean that liability is withdrawn. A wrongful death accident is an unintended fatality caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness.

In Texas, a wrongful death claim can be filed by legally recognized spouses, parents and children. This can be filed by an individual, a joint legal claim, or as an executor of the deceased’s estate. Compensation received in a wrongful death lawsuit is distributed to all recognized family members affected by the passing of the deceased. A wrongful death attorney can discuss with you all of your options that will benefit you and your family members.

Wrongful death cases are very difficult to navigate on your own. If you have lost a loved one in car accident because of a negligent diver, it is important to contact a legal expert to help you evaluate your options. Call (713) 987-7111 or to discuss your wrongful death claim.

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Sources: KHOU, TXDoT – Crash Statistics

About the Author

Hank Stout is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. Hank earned his doctor of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 2004. He was recognized by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star from 2012-2014. He has earned a Superb rating by Avvo, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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