Earlier this month, a fatal crash occurred in south Fort Worth in which several cars were involved. The accident occurred when the female driver of a SUV lost control of her vehicle and ran into a ditch. Two women stopped to help her, and a man also stopped. At that point, a 17 year old male driving a pickup truck struck and killed all four people beside the road. Nine other people were hurt in the accident.
The 17 year old had seven other teenagers in the truck ranging in ages from 15 to 19. The teenagers were at a party earlier in the day where alcohol was served. The driver had received two other alcohol citations earlier this year, requiring him to take an alcohol awareness class and complete community service. Authorities are still weighing their legal options regarding charges for the 17 year old.
Despite efforts from federal and state governments and many private organizations to educate the public about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, drunk driving is still a major problem in this country. Statistics show that one in three people will be involved in an accident in which alcohol was a factor in their lifetimes. Twenty-seven people in the U.S. die each day as the result of drunk driving accidents. While criminal penalties for drunk driving have only gotten harsher over the past several decades, every day people still choose to drink and then drive a vehicle.
Intoxicated drivers can cause catastrophic injuries or death. Their victims are entitled to compensation, which in some cases will be paid by the driver’s insurance company, his or her personal assets, his or her employer’s assets, or another source. If you were involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you are entitled to compensation. Call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.