A Texas Department of Public Safety officer who was working on a drunk driving task force over Labor Day weekend was left in critical condition after a suspected drunk driver slammed into his vehicle. The accident occurred as the officer was stopped on the shoulder of southbound I-45 near NASA Road 1.
The officer, who has been on the force for 10 years, was hit about 1:45 a.m. Monday when a 31 year old woman driving a red Mercedes crashed into him. She was charged with intoxication assault causing serious bodily injury to a peace officer, which is a second degree felony.
Drunk driving is a serious problem in Texas, particularly over holiday weekends. During the 2015 Labor Day holiday, DPS officers arrested 488 people for drunk driving. Nationwide, there are approximately 10,000 people killed every year in crashes involving drunk drivers, which accounts for almost one-third of automobile fatalities.
If you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you can hold that individual responsible. He or she will likely receive a citation or an arrest for drunk driving. However, even if the individual does not, they can still be held liable for causing your accident. The fact the individual was drinking can be used to show negligence in the case. You can build your case using expert testimony, eyewitness accounts, and police reports
If you have been involved in an accident with a driver who was drunk, you can sue for damages. If you are in the Houston area, call the Houston automobile accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on Twitter.