There are countless numbers of Texas residents who have lost loved ones in a fatal accident caused by drunk driving. The impact such a loss leaves differs with each case, but the fact remains that a life was taken because another person was negligent. A 23-year-old woman was recently killed in a fatal accident due to drinking and driving.
According to police reports, a 31-year-old male was driving an SUV east in the Interstate 20 westbound lanes. He collided with one vehicle, causing it to spin until it hit a third vehicle. The driver continued, crashing head-on into another vehicle in his path. The impact caused that vehicle to be pushed into an 18-wheeler and caused the man's vehicle to catch on fire.
The driver of the car that hit the semi was killed at the scene. Police stated the man who caused the catastrophe had been drinking, and they charged him with intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle. This is not his first brush with drinking and driving, as his criminal history shows he has a prior DWI conviction. At the time of a report on the incident, he was still in custody.
The loss of life in a fatal accident can not only leave a family without the person they have loved but, in some cases, it can mean the loss of financial stability. Funeral and burial costs alone can be overwhelming to a family already struggling to pay their recurring bills. An award from a wrongful death lawsuit can help alleviate the economic stress a family may experience during this time. An attorney in Texas can guide clients through the process the courts require when pursuing this type of legal action.
Source: dallasnews.com, "Intoxicated driver causes fatal wrong-way crash on I-20, authorities say", Jacob Prothro, April 23, 2018