17-Year-Old Facing Charges After DUI Crash Led to Three DeathsOctober 10, 2021
On Sunday, September 26th, 2021, a two-vehicle collision was reported in San Antonio, Texas. The incident transpired at about 1:30 a.m. between Culebra Road and Loop 1604.
It was not specified what the models of the vehicles involved were. However, one vehicle had only the driver inside, a 17-year-old man, while the other vehicle was carrying three passengers (a 69-year-old man, an 84-year-old woman, and an unidentified woman) with a 27-year-old man behind the wheels. The man happened to be an officer of the West Texas Police Department.
The collision occurred at an intersection of Culebra. The police officer and his family were hit by the 17-year-old driver when another vehicle suddenly ran over the red light. An initial investigation found that the driver was driving above the speed limits, and later investigation found that the driver was also driving under the influence of alcohol. He is facing multiple criminal charges for the incident, since three people, including the West Texan police officer, died in the crash.
Can You File a Claim After a DUI Crash?
According to the NHTSA, Texas has the highest fatality rate for DUI crashes in the United States, with 3,023 people dead in 2010 and 3,615 people dead in 2019. With such a high rate of incidence, you may be thinking about what legal options are viable for you if your loved one recently passed away in a crash caused by an intoxicated driver. Though DUI crash drivers usually would face jail time for their actions, you may be interested in knowing more about whether you can also file a wrongful death claim against them on behalf of your deceased loved one. If this is a legal action you want to take, it may comfort you to know that it is possible for you to do so, even though the drivers would still be facing criminal charges for their actions. To learn more about how to start a wrongful death claim against a DUI crash driver, call us today at (713) 352-7975 to get a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers.