A fiery accident killed two people early on the morning of April 14, 2013. The possible drunk driving accident occurred in Houston. The victims of the accident were not immediately identified but were both in the same car that was struck by a vehicle traveling the wrong direction. Witnesses noted the car traveling the wrong direction but were unable to stop the driver.The driver traveling the wrong direction was identified as a woman in her early 20s driving a sedan. She was not seriously injured in the crash. A passenger in a third vehicle which was forced into the retaining wall was also not reported as receiving any injuries. The accident occurred on Beltway 8 North at approximately 5 a.m.
One way that police in Texas are identifying drunk drivers is from information provided to them by people who call 911. While this system is far from perfect,
it has been extremely helpful to police in keeping drunk drivers off of the road. In an effort to prevent a drunk driving accident, however, those who call to report a driver may be transferred multiple times as a drunk driver travels through different police jurisdictions.These calls can take upwards of 30 minutes, especially since the DWI units of many towns only consist of a few police officers. Still, police departments encourage people to call and report drivers who are unsafe because these calls provide invaluable information about dangerous motorists. Since DWI units are often small, police cannot be everywhere, and callers make it much more likely that drivers who are under the influence will be caught.
Driving while intoxicated is a serious crime that can have a permanent and devastating impact on any involved victims. In some cases, a drunk driver causes the death of another motorist or a pedestrian. Anyone who has lost a loved one to a car accident caused by a drunk driver should be aware of all the potential legal options. The family of one man killed by a drunk driver in Houston knows this all too well.
Everyone knows, or should know, that consuming alcohol can impair a person's vision, coordination and judgment, making this individual more susceptible to having an accident while driving. A drunk driving accident, whether in Houston or elsewhere, can cause serious damage to the vehicles involved, as well as severe injuries or death. As a result of such a crash, victims or their loved ones may have grounds to pursue justice through a civil claim for compensation.
Driving while under the influence of illegal narcotics is a serious violation of the law. Just as it is illegal in the state of Texas to drink alcohol and drive, it is also illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs. When drivers using illegal drugs cause a car crash resulting in injury or death, the losses for the innocent victims and their families can be devastating.
A player for the Dallas Cowboys may be facing a wrongful death suit due to an auto accident he allegedly caused that resulted in the death of one of his teammates. The drunk-driving accident occurred when defensive lineman Josh Brent and practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown were traveling through the Dallas suburbs in the early-morning hours on Dec. 8. According to investigators, Brent was speeding when he hit a curb that caused the car to flip over. When police arrived, Brent was pulling 25-year-old Brown from the Mercedes, which was on fire.
On Oct. 19, a woman was sentenced to four years in prison because of a drunk-driving accident that took the life of another woman. The victim's family should have a full understanding of their legal rights to get the compensation they deserve in this wrongful death case.
Drunk driving can lead to deadly results. But even when it doesn't, it can lead to property damage. The following story may be of interest to Houston readers who are victims of a drunk driving accident and have suffered damage and financial loss when a drunk driver has plowed into their property.
When a person is killed through another's negligence or wrongdoing, a wrongful death suit may sometimes be filed. This is similar to a personal injury lawsuit in that it is intended to compensate someone who is injured, except wrongful death proceeds typically go to the deceased's dependants. A criminal conviction for a drunk driving accident can make it easier to file a civil lawsuit later. Payment can be sought either from the responsible party's assets or insurance carrier.
Drunk drivers endanger everyone in the vicinity of their vehicles, including other drivers and pedestrians. Drunk driving accident victims have the right to seek compensation for their injuries, since accidents caused by drunk drivers could often have been avoided if the drivers acted more responsibly. A fatal auto accident in Houston earlier this month underscores the risks to the community that drunk drivers pose.