Two people were killed and three others were injured in a suspected drunk driving crash in Dallas late Wednesday night.
According to the police, the crash occurred at approximately 11 p.m. in the 10100 block of Elam Road. A Toyota Sequoia traveling eastbound came to an intersection and began turning left onto Masters Drive. As the Toyota was turning left, a Ford F-150 that was traveling westbound on Elam Road sped through the intersection and collided with the Toyota.
The 40-year-old male driver of the Toyota was reportedly ejected and later died at a hospital. A 35-year-old female front seat passenger in the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. A 6-year-old boy in the backseat of that vehicle was hospitalized in critical condition.
A 22-year-old male passenger in the Ford pickup was hospitalized with internal injuries. The 25-year-old driver of that vehicle was also hospitalized with a fractured femur. Police say he faces two counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault.
No identities of the victims or suspects have been released. The Legal Herald covered an accident similar to this one in Coon Rapids, MN.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan helps drunk driving crash victims and their families secure the financial compensation they need and deserve. Here is some general information from Marc on the legal options available to families affected by drunk driving crashes in Texas:
When an intoxicated person injures someone else due to negligence, the injured person has the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that individual. But in Texas and many other states, there are some alcohol-related injury cases where the victims also may have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor. This second type of lawsuit is called a "dram shop" claim.
Under the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Chapter 2, alcohol vendors can be held liable for injuries caused by their customers if the vendor:
Determining alcohol vendor negligence for a drunk driving crash will require legal guidance. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.