Summertime driving can be dangerous in Texas highways. Not only are more people on the road (travelling for vacation, or with more teens on the road), the holidays also bring out drunk drivers who believe they are sober enough to drive when they actually are not.
Drunk driving accidents are a particular concern in Houston, even though the Independence Day holiday has already passed. While specific numbers have not been released, law enforcement agencies in Harris County and throughout the state will continue to make enforcement of these types of offenses a priority.
A recent accident on I-30 in Arlington, emphasizes this point. According to a Houston Chronicle report, the three car accident was caused by a drunk driver. Police say that a pickup truck crashed into the back of another car, causing that car to spin around before being hit by another vehicle. Three people in the car were killed.
Authorities also say that the driver of the pickup attempted to flee, but was quickly apprehended. He is being charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to render aid after an accident.
In addition to the criminal charges, the offending driver could be liable for civil damages. Surviving family members of those killed in auto accidents could pursue wrongful death claims. This type of suit seeks compensation for the lost companionship and lost income of the deceased, as well as the emotional pain that comes from losing a loved one.
It is unknown as of yet whether a civil suit has been filed.
Source: Chron.com, Police say three die in Arlington traffic accident, July 24, 2013