Recently, a Houston man who was accused of causing four crashes in one day, two of which were deadly, was found guilty of murder. The man pleaded not guilty. The crashes all occurred in 2015. The man crashed into a vehicle at the Texas Medical Center. He told officers he was there to visit his sick son. He was given a ticket and allowed to leave.
After he left the hospital, he hit another car at Westpark and Weslayan. Although a witness said he acted strangely at the crash, another officer allowed him to leave. Following that accident, the man crashed into a homeless veteran, killing him. After that accident, he got into another accident, which killed a six-year-old boy.
Recently, an investigation found that Houston has the most dangerous roads of any metropolitan city in the country. A high percentage of the fatal accidents that occur in Houston are a result of drugged driving, as allegedly occurred in this case. Drivers can be held civil and criminally liable not only if they are taking illegal drugs and driving – if they are taking any medications that alters their ability to drive safely, they can be liable. Drugged driving presents the same risks and hazards to public safety as drunk driving.
It is critical that drivers understand the effects of taking medications, and to be aware of how any prescription drug use affects them prior to operating any type of vehicle or machinery. Many people facing criminal or civil charges for drugged driving were merely taking medications that were legally prescribed to them.If you have been injured in an accident on Houston’s roads with a driver who was under the influence of prescription drugs, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston personal injury 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 LinkedIn to learn more about the firm.