Lawyer Commentary: In the second part of this story, attorney Marc Lenahan will discuss how to recover financial compensation after getting hit by a drunk driver.
21-year-old Dominica Lopez has been charged with intoxication assault after her vehicle reportedly struck a police car on I-35, injuring two officers and two passengers in her vehicle.
The two officers suffered minor injuries. One of the two 21-year-old women in Lopez's vehicle suffered a broken arm, while the other broke her nose.
Lopez was not injured in the crash.
According to the police, the two officers were in the southbound lanes of I-35E at around 3:55 a.m. on Thursday helping shut down the freeway after another major accident.
They were standing in the road when Lopez failed to move over for the marked police car with its lights flashing. She reportedly crashed into the front left side of the car, causing it to ricochet into the officers.
The officers and Lopez's passengers were all brought to Methodist Dallas Medical Center for treatment.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers and helps them secure the financial compensation they deserve. We've asked Marc to share some of his thoughts on the legal rights of people hit by drunk drivers in Texas:
When a drunk driver causes an accident and other people are injured, those people deserve financial support for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other difficulties they face from their injuries.
A personal injury lawsuit can be filed against a drunk driver, but this is not always the only type of financial compensation available. In some cases, people who have been injured by drunk drivers may file lawsuits against alcohol vendors. These are called dram shop lawsuits.
Texas is one of many states with dram shop laws. According to the dram shop laws in Texas, an alcohol vendor can be sued for injuries caused by a customer if the customer was either a minor or visibly intoxicated at the time the vendor sold them alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.