A mother and her two children were injured in a collision with a suspected drunk driver at the intersection of East Southcross Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue in San Antonio on Sunday evening.
Police were called to the scene on the 2700 block of Roosevelt Avenue at around 8 p.m. on Sunday night. According to the authorities, a green Ford Explorer traveling westbound on East Southcross Boulevard near Roosevelt Ave crashed into a silver Nissan traveling eastbound.
According to Seargent Paul Rodriguez, the driver of the Ford Explorer, Carlos Perez, lost control of his vehicle. The driver of the Nissan also reportedly lost control of her vehicle when she saw the Explorer coming towards her. Rodriguez says she tried to avoid the collision but was t-boned.
The mother and son were seriously injured while the daughter reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries. They were all transported by EMS to the San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Police believed that Perez was intoxicated. After tests were returned, Perez was charged with Intoxication, Assault, and Retaliation.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents families who have been affected by drunk driving injuries and deaths. Here are a few thoughts from Marc concerning the legal options these victims and families have in Texas:
In Texas and all other states, people who have injured by drunk drivers and the families of fatal DWI crash victims may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the intoxicated driver. But in some drunk driving cases in Texas, the legal options for victims and families don't end here. Under certain conditions, alcohol vendors may also be held liable for alcohol-related injuries caused by their customers under what's known as "dram shop" laws.
Several states have dram shop laws and these laws vary from state to state. According to Texas' dram shop laws, alcohol vendors can be sued for injuries caused by their customers if:
For example, imagine that Jamie goes to have a few drinks at Leslie's Bar. After having several drinks, Jamie begins to fall off her chair and slur her words. However, the bartender at Leslie's continues serving her additional drinks. Jamie then leaves the bar in her vehicle and crashes into Tom's truck, seriously injuring Tom. Tom may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against Jamie, as well as a dram shop lawsuit against Leslie's Bar for overserving Jamie.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed after getting hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.