Police say that five people were injured in the early hours of Thursday, August 29 when a suspected drunk driver went the wrong way on Interstate 30 in Fort Worth, causing a three-vehicle collision.
According to the police, the crash happened at around 2 a.m. on I-30 near Green Oaks Road. The suspected drunk driver was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-30 and collided head-on with a van carrying three people. After this initial collision, a semi-truck crashed into the suspected drunk driver's car.
According to a MedStar spokesperson, two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries and three others suffered minor injuries. The injured individuals were brought to local hospitals in stable condition, according to the police. The semi-truck driver was not injured.
The allegedly drunk driver was detained and brought to jail on DWI charges, according to the police.
I-30 was temporarily closed near the site of the crash during the investigation but opened up again shortly after.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan of helps people get the financial compensation they deserve after suffering injuries caused by drunk drivers. Here are a few thoughts from Marc on the legal rights of those who have been hit by drunk drivers in Texas:
In Texas and all other states, people who have been injured in crashes with drunk drivers may file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who injured them. However, there are also some situations where people may have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor or another third party following a drunk driving crash in Texas. This second type of lawsuit is called a "dram shop" claim.
According to Texas dram shop laws, an alcohol vendor can be held liable for injuries caused by one of their customers if:
For example - if a bartender continues serving drinks to a customer who is showing signs of obvious intoxication (such as slurring their speech and falling down) and that customer causes a drunk driving crash with injuries after leaving the bar, those injured may have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit against the bar.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options for financial compensation by speaking with an experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyer.