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Naked driver crashes into backyard of south Houston home

There is no doubt that an automobile can become a weapon when a drunk or drugged driver is at the wheel. Drivers need to think twice before turning on the ignition if they are in any state of physical or mental impairment, as they can easily cause damage to innocent people or to property.

A bizarre car accident took place in south Houston on Labor Day, when an apparently drugged driver crashed his car into a homeowner's backyard. The driver was stark naked, and he repeatedly backed his car into the homeowner's gate until the gate broke. The homeowner fired several shots at the car to get the driver to stop, but the driver continued his erratic behavior. Finally, police arrived and were able to subdue the suspect.

Fortunately, even the driver escaped serious injury in this unusual car collision, but he did cause property damage. The homeowner may be entitled to compensation from the driver for his wanton act of destruction, even if the homeowner's own insurance policy provides coverage for damage due to such unusual circumstances.

A victim of an accident caused by a negligent driver should be aware of the laws that protect victims in Texas. Even if there was no serious injury, a drunk or impaired driver may be required to pay for property damage. Victims of accidents should always make sure that a thorough accident investigation is completed even if the accident seems to be a clear-cut case of driver negligence. This will make it easier to obtain an insurance settlement or other compensation from the party who is at fault.

Source: KHOU.com, "HPD: Naked man, possibly under influence, Tased after crashing into south Houston home," Jeff McShan, Sept. 3, 2012

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