We all know, or should know, that road maintenance workers risk life and limb to do their jobs. But according to the Texas Department of Transportation, 80 percent of the people who die as a result of crashes in road work zones are drivers and passengers.
Unfortunately, many wrecks are caused by people driving the wrong way. A wrong-way auto accident can have devastating consequences, especially if it involves a head-on collision. Innocent victims of wrong-way crashes often suffer severe injuries that make their lives a lot more difficult for a long time, but there are legal avenues for holding the responsible parties accountable and receiving compensation for injuries.
It may seem obvious to say, but it bears repeating: drunk drivers are far more likely to cause an accident than drivers who are sober. An auto accident that results from drunk driving can cause immense pain and suffering for victims. Those who are hurt through no fault of their own in such an crash are legally entitled to seek compensation from any at-fault parties.
Texans throughout the state are aware of the death of Dallas Cowboys player Jerry Brown, who lost his life as a passenger in a car driven by teammate Josh Brent. As a result of this accident, Brent not only faces a criminal trial for intoxication manslaughter; there is also a very real possibility that a wrongful death lawsuit will be in the offing.
When the negligence or misconduct of someone results in the death of another, that death may be considered a wrongful death. The family of the victim of such negligence, perhaps leading to a fatal accident, can suddenly find itself saddled with unexpected final costs as well as the emotional pain of losing a loved one.
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 wedding anniversary spent in Galveston turned tragic when an allegedly drunk driver plowed into the back of a horse-drawn carriage. Those who have seen these carriages can understand how an injury could be severe. There is essentially no protection provided other than a reflective yield sign that hangs off the back of many carriages.
According to AAA, the Fourth of July holiday week is expected to have more travelers than during the July 4 week last year. It may also see a number of drunk driving accidents. Texas is working to prevent Fourth of July drinking and driving in two ways: by increasing law enforcement statewide; and by putting a face on the consequences of drunk driving accidents.
One would assume that one is safe when grilling dinner on the front porch. Tragically, the front porch of a family's apartment building became an accident scene when a car jumped the curb and crashed onto the porch where a father and his two sons were barbequing.
Driving with too much alcohol in your system can lead to poor decision-making and perhaps drowsiness or inattention. Last week an allegedly drunk driver veered onto the wrong side of the road and was crashed into by an SUV.