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Seeking recourse after fatal accident in Texas

Repeat drunk driving offenders are menaces to all who travel Texas roadways. All too often, after choosing to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after imbibing alcohol, an intoxicated driver causes a fatal accident, or one that causes serious injuries or property damage. A recent incident involved a man who has apparently been arrested for such offenses on many occasions, leading to the court's recent decision to send him to prison for the rest of his life.

Apparently, the man is a repeat offender who has been convicted nine separate times over the past three decades. Last month, he and a constable's 16-year-old son were involved in a collision, after which the man pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. A punishment hearing that went on for three days resulted in the judge's sentence of life in prison.

Reportedly, after the accident with the constable's son, the man escaped the scene and tried to hide inside a convenient store in the area. Authorities say the store's surveillance film captured images of the man that clearly shows his intoxication. Officers and court officials also say they were flabbergasted to learn that he actually had possession of a valid driver's license in light of the fact that he had a long criminal history of drunk driving.

Although the constable's son survived the recent collision with the drunk driver in Texas, it does not always turn out that way. A family is often left to grieve the untimely death of a loved one in a fatal accident caused by an intoxicated driver. Whether a victim survives or suffers fatal injuries, the law offers recompense through the successful presentation of civil injury claims for monetary damages that can be used to help offset substantial debt associated with an accident.

Source:, "Texas man gets life in prison for drunken driving - RT America", A Police, June 8, 2016

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