Five cast members of the musical drama "Texas" were killed Aug. 12 at around 11:30 pm when their Taurus was struck by a tractor-trailer on Highway 287. One other passenger in the car and the truck driver were injured. The cast was heading home after an end of summer cast party just north of Dumas at the home of one of the members of the board of directors of their production company.
According to the DPS, the fatal crash occurred when the Taurus was traveling westbound on Farm-to-Market Road 119 and then allegedly ran a stop sign, turning south directly into the path of an oncoming 1995 Peterbilt. The tractor-trailer hit their vehicle on the passenger side. They skidded off the road where the load came loose, tumbling off and landing on the driver's side of the car.
The 20-year-old deceased driver of the Taurus had a BAC of .165 percent as well as marijuana in his blood, according to the crash report. The truck driver was not impaired.
Though Texas law normally doesn't hold hosts of parties responsible for any actions resulting from guests being intoxicated, in this case, the host and possibly the production company could be held liable. Party hosts are usually only liable for over-serving an adult or serving alcohol to a minor if that minor was under the age of 18. The party hosts say that they only provided alcohol for adult guests, and it was not made accessible to other cast and crew.
For anyone in Houston who has been affected by serious injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one in a drunk driving accident, getting legal assistance could be a top priority. An experienced attorney who specializes in drunk driving accidents could help by filing a personal injury claim for damages.
Source: Amarillo Globe-News, "Lawyers: Jury still out on liability in fatal 'Texas' crash", Karen Smith Welch, September 04, 2013