Within a two day-period, five people died in the Houston area in two separate crashes on Interstate 45. Both accidents involved drunken drivers who were driving the wrong direction on the highway. The tragic highway accidents resulted in five deaths that could lead to personal injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of the victims and their families.
In addition to those who died in the accidents, there were three others, including the drunk drivers who were hospitalized for their injuries. According to investigators, there is nothing confusing or problematic with the signs, markings or on the roads that divide the freeway in The Woodlands, Texas. If the highway signage was improperly marked or designated, the city could be held liable for the collisions and the injuries caused to the victims.
A crash early Sunday morning, a drunk driving accident killed a 47-year-old passenger and two women, aged 27 and 25, who were riding in the vehicle that was hit. On Friday, a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old was also going the wrong way on the highway struck another car, killing the 23-year-old and her passenger. These tragic accidents may be a coincidence or an indication that the signage is improper or misleading.
An independent investigation can determine the cause of the accidents and determine who was at fault. Victims and their families may be entitled to significant compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, as well as any other economic or personal losses stemming from the accident.
Source: KWTX, "Wrong-Way Crashes Kill 5 People on Texas Interstate," July 2, 2012.