Two drivers racing eastbound along Interstate 10 near Westmont Exit caused an accident on the morning of August 11th, leaving one man dead.
As two vehicles raced on the highway, one of the speeding cars collided into the back of another vehicle, causing the driver to lose control and spin off the road. The car landed on a patch of grass off of the interstate. The victim did not survive but the suspect remained uninjured.
The driver was intoxicated and arrested on site. The charges have not yet been determined. Two other drivers that attempted to pass through the accident site were determined to be intoxicated and detained as well.
The Facts About Drunk Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, drunk drivers take approximately 10,000 lives each year. Accidents caused by drunk driving create $44 billion worth of damages annually.
It is necessary for adults to be responsible when consuming alcohol. Additionally, it is essential that one plans their transportation accommodations prior to drinking. Alcohol can severely impair judgment, motor skill function, and one’s ability to drive.
What should you do if you or a loved one gets hit by a drunk driver? These five simple steps will allow you to get the attention and help necessary to recover from your injuries and expenses.
- Call for help.
If you are able to move and are not severely injured, contact the police immediately or have a passenger do so. Medical attention and police should arrive on the scene shortly. Authorities will help you get documentation of the crash and evidence of the other driver’s negligence.
- Obtain suspect information.
If you are seriously injured and cannot obtain the guilty party’s info, authorities can help. It is essential to obtain this information for insurance purposes and to help you build a case should you decide to seek legal protection.
- Gather witness accounts.
Witnesses may be willing to provide you with detailed information on what happened. Ask for their contact information for future reference to help back your claim.
- Document injuries and expenses.
Keep written documentation of your injuries, medical expenses, and therapy. Details of the recovery process can allow you to have better communication with your doctors and can be used in court to support your case.
- Contact Lapeze & Johns.
Do not let insurance companies underpay your claim or the drunk driver’s lawyer twist your words. Our Houston personal injury lawyers are here to inform you of your legal rights and protections.
Is your family suffering from the aftermath of being a victim in a drunk driving car accident? Let our experienced team of personal injury attorneys at Lapeze & Johns help you get your life back to the safety and comfort you deserve.
Drunk drivers must suffer the consequences of putting others in danger. You deserve compensation and peace of mind after experiencing a tragedy like this. Our Houston attorneys know just how to handle these situations.
Please know that you are not alone! Call today at 713.739.1010 for a free consultation.