A fatal drunk driving crash in San Antonio resulted in the tragic death of 19-year-old Jasmine Claire Goudeau in the early hours of Monday, February 17.
The crash happened shortly after 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Micron Drive and Culebra Road. Police say the driver of a white truck ran through a red light and crashed into Goudeau's silver compact SUV. The driver of that truck has been identified as 28-year-old Erick Eduardo Casas.
Goudeau was hospitalized at University Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Police determined that Casas was intoxicated and he has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Drunk driving victims and the families of those killed in DUI crashes have legal rights. Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan helps victims and families exercise their legal rights and recover the financial compensation they deserve. He often has people come to him and say "I just got rear ended by a drunk driver what can I do now." Marc then answers these questions and helps them prepare for legal action. Here are some of Marc's thoughts on the legal rights of these victims and their families:
Drunk driving crashes often result in serious injuries and tragic deaths to innocent victims. When these tragedies happen, it's important that the victims and their families are aware of their legal options. Along with the emotional toll these crashes take, there are often economic ramifications that require financial compensation.
These victims and families can file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against drunk drivers, but their legal options don't always end here. In some cases, a dram shop lawsuit can be filed against an alcohol vendor or social host who served the drunk driver before the crash. Texas is one of many states with dram shop laws.
According to dram shop laws in Texas, an alcohol vendor can be held liable for injuries or deaths caused by a customer if:
If your family has recently been affected by a drunk driving crash, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyers.