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Tragic DUI accident may lead to drunk driving accident claim

On July 19, authorities in Harris County, Texas, say a 9-year-old girl was killed in a suspected fatal drunk driving accident. A Constable with Precinct 4 says that 24-year-old man driving a truck failed to stop for a stop sign when he plowed into a vehicle broadside in northwest Harris County.

The accident occurred on a recent Saturday night near the intersection of Cypresswood and Sciaaca. According to investigators, that is where the truck flew through the intersection at a high rate of speed before colliding with the car carrying the young girl and her parents. Sadly, the youngster perished in route as first responders hustled to get her to Memorial Hermann Hospital. The girl's parents did suffer some injuries but they were considered nonlife threatening. They both received treatment at another local area hospital.

The Constable says that the alleged drunk driver did not suffer injuries as a result of the crash. He has since been arrested and charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

Victims of DUI should know that they may be entitled to file a drunk driving accident claim depending on the circumstances in which they were injured. Motorists operating a vehicle while impaired beyond the legal limit are almost always considered negligent. Although no outcome can be promised, victims injured as a result of a drunk driving accident may be awarded compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.

Generally speaking, accident victims have a lot to deal with. Many of them are experiencing some form of loss or other stressful changes in their day-to-day lives. That is why it is easy for some accident victims to forget that evidence and other testimony degrades with each passing day. It is important to file claims as soon as possible to begin the sometimes lengthy litigation process.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "9-year-old killed by alleged drunk driver in NW Harris County" Cindy Horswell, Jul. 20, 2014

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