Two teenagers were seriously injured after a suspected drunk driver reportedly hit them on the 10400 block of Deer Trail Drive on Friday night.
According to deputies, three teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were walking in the middle of Deer Trail Drive when a Toyota Corolla approaching them from behind crossed over the double white lines and struck two of the teens.
Deputies say that the teens did not know the car was coming because they were walking in the same direction.
The two injured people were brought to a nearby hospital with serious injuries and are expected to survive.
The driver, whose name has not been released, reportedly showed significant signs of intoxication, according to the authorities. That driver has been charged with intoxication assault.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers, helping them fight for the financial compensation they deserve. Marc has offered to share some general thoughts with The Legal Herald on the legal options available to people hit by drunk drivers in Texas:
In Texas and many other states, people who have been injured by drunk drivers may have the right to file two different types of lawsuits, depending on the circumstances of the crash. Just as in every other state, those injured may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver who injured them. Additionally, Texas is one of several states with "dram shop" laws, which allow people who have been injured by drunk drivers to file lawsuits against the alcohol vendor who served the driver prior to the crash - under certain conditions.
Under Texas' dram shop law, vendors who sell alcohol can be held liable for injuries caused by their customers if:
If you've been injured by a drunk driver in Texas, it's important to be aware of all of your options for financial compensation. You can learn more about your legal rights by discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving crash victim's lawyer.