Last week, a tragic accident occurred in which a mother and a baby were killed by an alleged drunk driver in Clear Lake. The accident occurred on the Gulf Freeway feeder road near El Dorado Boulevard around 4 a.m. A white Lincoln SUV rear-ended a Toyota containing the woman and the baby. The woman was headed to pick up breakfast for her husband and was on maternity leave from her job.
The driver of the SUV was a 20-year-old woman and she was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. She is expected to recover from her injuries. The woman allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .21, which is almost three times the legal limit. After the accident, she allegedly had red eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol. At her initial hearing, the judge ordered that she be on house arrest and that she wear a device to monitor if she drinks any alcohol.
This extremely tragic accident claimed the lives of a young mother and child in Houston is sadly not unusual. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drunk driving kills over 10,000 people every year in the U.S. Many more people are seriously injured in accidents with drunk drivers.
Legally, victims of drunk drivers have the right to pursue compensation from the drunk driver. In some cases, the drunk driver may be uninsured and have no assets from which to collect. In those situations, the accident victim may be able to make a claim on his or her own insurance policy. In other cases, the drunk driver may have sufficient insurance or assets to pay damages, or another party may be held legally responsible for the accident.If you have been injured by a drunk driver in Houston, call the Houston drunk driving accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to schedule your free consultation, or visit us on Twitter to learn more about the firm.