7 Hospitalized, Including 2 Pregnant Women, in Suspected DUI Crash
Two pregnant women and five other people were hospitalized with serious injuries following a suspected drunk driving crash on the Crosby Freeway on Friday, March 1. 19-year-old Jordon Paris has been charged with three counts of intoxicated assault with a vehicle for allegedly causing the crash. He also had an invalid driver’s license.
According to deputies, Paris failed to stop at a flashing red light and collided with an SUV on the 18000 block of Crosby Freeway. Shortly after this initial collision, another truck crashed into Paris’ Ford.
Some of the victims suffered severe injuries in the wreck. One victim suffered a broken neck, broken collarbone, broken right arm, and cut-in spleen. Another had broken ribs, a broken leg, broken ankle, ruptured spleen, and a damaged bladder.
One of the pregnant women suffered a concussion, a head laceration that required staples, lacerations on her left arm that required stitches, and her fetus suffered a brain bruise. Both women were transported to a nearby hospital by Life Flight.
Legal Options for People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Texas
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps victims of drunk drivers find the justice and financial compensation they deserve. We’ve asked him to add some insight on the legal options available to these victims and their families in Texas:
In every state, people who are injured in alcohol-related accidents caused by others have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the individual who caused their injuries. Additionally, Texas and many other states have “dram shop” laws, which allow alcohol vendors like bars and nightclubs to be held liable for injuries caused by their customers, depending on specific circumstances.
According to Texas dram shop laws, alcohol vendors can be held liable for injuries caused by their customers if:
- alcohol was sold or given to a minor under 18 years old, or
- when the alcohol was sold or given to the customer, he or she was “obviously intoxicated” to a point where he or she posed a “clear danger” to their own safety and the safety of others, and
- the intoxication was a “proximate” or foreseeable cause of injuries.
Social hosts can also be held liable for providing alcohol to a minor or allowing a minor to drink on their property if the social host is not the minor’s parent, guardian, legal custodian, or spouse.
If you or someone you love has recently become the victim of a drunk driving crash, it’s important to be aware of your full options for financial compensation. Our experienced DUI crash victims lawyers can help you understand your options and fight for every cent you deserve.
Local News Coverage from ABC 13 Houston
Location of 18000 Crosby Freeway in Houston, TX