Four people were killed in a fatal Texas wreck in which the teen driver had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.24 – or three times the legal limit for adults in Texas. He was driving a truck with seven other teens when he crashed into a disabled SUV and three people who had stopped to assist the young driver.
The victims of the fatal drunk driving accident were those stopped to assist the driver of the disabled SUV as well as the driver of that SUV. One teen from the truck was in serious to critical condition following the crash. Surveillance video at the local Wal-Mart showed the teens stealing two cases of beer before the crash.
Drunk Driving Accidents And Options For Crash Survivors
Although this drunk driving crash happened in Tarrant County and is being handled by prosecutors there, Harris County and the Houston metro sees far too many fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers each year. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were more than 2,600 alcohol-related crashes in Harris County in 2011 – more than any other county in Texas.
Often there may be multiple parties who can be held responsible for a drunk driving accident:
- The driver
- The driver’s insurance
- The bar, restaurant or store that oversold a drunk patron (called dram shop liability)
When an alcohol-related crash devastates your family, you do have legal options. A drunk driving accident attorney in your area can help you understand your rights and take the steps necessary to preserve your right to recover from the person or business responsible.
Source: KZTV10, “Texas Teen Drunk Before Deadly Wreck,” July 10, 2013