In the early morning hours of March 10, a 35-year-old Spring, Texas woman drove into oncoming traffic on Birnham Wood Boulevard. Her vehicle collided head on with a motorcycle. The driver was ejected from the vehicle, landing approximately 100 feet away. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 42-year-old victim, a resident of Spring, was driving southbound near Riley Fuzzel Road when the fatal accident occurred. The motorcycle was destroyed. The woman and a passenger in her vehicle were transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The Department of Public Safety stated that they are still investigating the accident. The woman was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter. Neither her speed nor her blood alcohol level was released.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime. In addition to criminal penalties, a drunk driver may be liable for damages caused to other persons on or near the road. A person who loses a loved one in an accident may be entitled to compensation. Wrongful death cases are typically brought by children or a spouse of the deceased, who stands in the shoes of the victim to claim damages that the victim would have been able to receive had the accident not been fatal. That typically includes recovery for funeral costs, medical bills and property damage. Court can be confusing and complicated. A personal injury attorney with experience in wrongful death cases may be able to make the process flow more smoothly by attempting to negotiate on behalf of the family, obtaining and reviewing all relevant evidence and interviewing witnesses. This takes some of the burden off of family members and may make a difficult process a little easier.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Spring woman charged in fatal motorcycle crash," Erin Mulvaney, March 11, 2013