Everyone knows, or should know, that alcohol dramatically impairs the senses, reaction times and decision-making abilities of drivers. Still, people drive drunk every day. Unfortunately, innocent people often pay the price, suffering serious personal injury or even death because of a drunken driver's gross negligence. Anyone who has been injured in a DUI accident should be aware that there are legal options to hold the driver accountable in civil court.
Recently, a head-on collision in Houston occurred in the early-morning hours on Spur 527. The driver of a pickup truck slammed directly into a BMW after entering the highway going the wrong direction. The pickup driver was "highly intoxicated," according to police.
The head-on crash sent two people in the BMW and the allegedly drunk driver to the hospital with serious injuries. Given that injuries occurred and property was destroyed, the occupants of the BMW may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit to receive compensation for damage.
It's obvious that head-on collisions have the potential to have devastating effects on people and their property. Understanding their rights can help victims pursue the adequate amount of compensation for medical bills, lost wages and the other expense caused by another driver's negligence. Insurance companies may make an initial offer to pay for damages, but victims should seek consultation about how much is really due to them.
If you would like to know more about personal injury law in Texas, feel free to stop by our Houston car accident site. Our firm handles cases related to accidents resulting from negligent or reckless driving.
Source: KHOU, "Suspected drunken driver causes head-on crash on Spur 527," Aug. 31, 2012