For years the public has heard numerous messages warning people to not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, there are still many who choose to consume and get behind the wheel, believing they are lucid enough to drive without incident. This choice can result in complications ranging from a minor fender bender to a fatal accident, killing themselves and/or others in or near the road. Texas police say alcohol may have been involved when one person was killed in a fatal accident.
The late-night collision happened between a pickup truck and a sedan. The sedan was making a left turn and pulled out in front of the truck but eyewitnesses said the truck was speeding. When police arrived at the scene, they found that the driver of the sedan did not survive the crash.
The witnesses sprang into action when the driver of the truck jumped out and started to run away. They were able to advise police as to the man's location until he could be placed under arrest. The officers said they had reason to believe the man had been drinking and transported him to a tox center for testing. Investigators are still trying to determine details in the case.
Should the conclusion of the investigation reveal that alcohol and/or speed were the cause of the collision and subsequent death, the family of the sedan driver will have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver and likely the trucker's employer. A Texas attorney who has experience representing family members who have had to endure the pain and suffering of losing a loved one in a fatal accident will be able to guide clients in their quest for financial compensation. Should criminal charges result in a conviction, proof of that may constitute negligence per se in a related civil lawsuit.
Source: khou.com, "Witnesses detain suspected drunk driver after fatal crash", Jan. 28, 2018