Only one word can describe what happened at the at the intersection of Aldine Westfield and FM 1960 in the early morning hours of March 25th—chaos. That’s because two drunk driving incidents left at least one person dead and several others injured. Now, these drunk driving victims and their families must pick up the pieces, but do they have any legal options after these terrible crashes?
Options for Drunk Driving Victims in Texas
It was around 2:00 AM when a Toyota sedan crossing FM 1960 was struck by a Chevy pickup truck heading west. The pickup failed to stop at the red light and was moving so fast that it sheared the Toyota in half. Two women in the Toyota were rushed to the hospital, but the driver of the car succumbed to his injuries while on the scene. The driver of the pickup got out of his truck and fled the scene. Witnesses say he was staggering, slurring his speech and seemed intoxicated. Police suspect someone picked the man up, and they are now searching for him.
Later that night, while crews were cleaning the wreckage from this crash, a white SUV slammed into wrecker vehicles that were blocking traffic. The driver of a white SUV and a female passenger had to be pulled from the vehicle. Authorities claim the driver in that crash was also drunk. Luckily, no one was in the wrecker vehicles when the crash happened. However, the female passenger had to be taken to the hospital.
In incidents like this, victims can often take the drunk driver to court in order to get compensation for damages. However, if that drunk driver has fled and cannot be found, or does not have the resources to compensate victims, their losses and medical bills can be devastating. That’s why there are multiple legal options for drunk driving victims in Texas.
Drunk driving victims can make claims against the insurance provider of the driver that caused the accident. If that victim has purchased uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, then they can also file a claim with their own insurance carrier. Victims may also be able to take drinking establishments to court for serving excessive amounts of alcohol to an intoxicated individual.
To learn more about these legal options, contact an attorney after a crash involving a drunk driver. Legal counsel can help you figure out your options and move forward with getting your family the compensation they need.