Police in College Station arrested a Bryan woman on August 22 after an accident that closed University Dr. near the freeway and resulted in three injuries. 23-year-old Angelica Pachuca was arrested for intoxication assault, causing serious injury while driving with an invalid license, evading arrest, and failing to stop and leave information.
Police say Pachuca's SUV collided with an SUV, which caused the SUV to flip over onto the driver's. Pachuca's car then rear-ended a pickup. This accident occurred at around 4 p.m.
The accident happened during a short pursuit by officers who were attempting to stop Pachuca for speeding.
Pachuca and the drivers of both other vehicles suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan has experience fighting for the victims of drunk drivers. Here are some thoughts from him on third party liability for drunk driving accidents:
If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, you may be wondering how state laws could influence your case. In Texas, the victims of drunk drivers may have the option to file a personal injury claim directly against the drunk driver. Additionally, dram shop and social host liability laws in this state allow third parties (like alcohol vendors and party hosts) to be held liable for providing alcohol to the drunk driver.
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Chapter 2 sets forth the dram shop and social host liability laws in Texas. According to these laws, alcohol vendors can be held liable for injuries caused by customers if:
Social host liability laws allow injury victims to seek damages from any host over 21 who provides alcohol to a minor under 18 if:
If you're curious about your legal options after being hit by a drunk driver, we advise discussing your accident with an experienced DUI victim lawyer.