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Lawsuit filed after Galveston horse-drawn carriage crash

Accidents involving multiple victims can be extremely costly, especially when there are fatalities. A car crash in which intoxication was a factor usually results in criminal charges, and that can make it easier for victims to recover compensation for their injuries.

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed on Aug. 1 in relation to a July 21 accident in Galveston that left a 57-year-old man dead and three people injured. One of the injured was the wife of the deceased. The four were traveling in a horse-drawn carriage at 21st Street and Avenue L when the carriage was struck by a 22-year-old man driving a 2006 Infinity G35. The carriage was reportedly destroyed in the accident.

The lawsuit, which was filed for the estate of the deceased man, names Yaga's Café and Tsunami Exotic Tequila Emporium as two establishments at which the driver of the car was apparently drinking that night. The lawsuit charges that the restaurants should not have served the driver, who was also named in the suit. He is also facing criminal charges of intoxicated manslaughter and intoxication assault.

If the driver is convicted, it is more likely that he will be found liable in the civil case. If he is not found guilty, that may make the restaurants' cases stronger, especially if there is insufficient proof that they served the driver too much alcohol.

The wife of the deceased man was still being treated for her injuries at the time of a local report. Another passenger and the driver of the horse-drawn carriage were also injured in the crash; their current status was not disclosed. All three survivors could file additional suits. The Aug. 1 lawsuit only represents the estate of the deceased man; however, the outcome of that case may help the survivors decide if they also wish to file suit.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Car crash into horse-drawn carriage results in wrongful death lawsuit," John Suayan, Aug. 6, 2012

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