It is not hard to understand that if someone drives drunk, their chances of causing a fatal accident skyrocket. Unfortunately, people still drive drunk every day.
“The nasty case I am going to use as an example of what may happen if you drink and drive did not happen in Texas. It happened in Connecticut and took the lives of four promising high school students. The fifth may or may not make it through his recovery,” said Robert W. Lee, a personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober & Reyna in Austin, Texas.
The students were involved in an ugly crash when the driver lost control of the vehicle on a tree-lined road and slammed into a tree. The force of the impact was so great that three of the teens were dead at the scene. A fourth made it to the hospital alive, but died shortly thereafter. The fifth teen’s injuries were listed as critical and his outcome is heartbreakingly uncertain.
Police on the scene of the wreck were unclear as to why the driver lost control of the vehicle, but they suspect that speed and alcohol may be factors. “Alternatively, they will also be searching for any cell phones to check the screens, as the driver may have also been trying to drive while distractedly talking or texting on his cell,” Lee said. But for the bad decision to not pay attention to driving properly and safely, four young lives were lost and one will, if he lives, be haunted for the rest of his life by their deaths.
Four families in this scenario will likely want to file wrongful death lawsuits against either the surviving driver or his estate. “The key in this case will be proving negligence. Quite frankly, the fact that the driver lost control of the car and smacked into a tree at speed that killed three on impact says volumes about what was going on prior to the crash,” Lee said.
Drunk driving accident cases like this are never easy for anyone involved. The families of the dead are in shock and devastated. The families of any survivors are also wracked with guilt and what-ifs. The deceased’s families know they have lost someone they loved and will wonder if they are entitled to compensation for that death.
“Yes, they are likely entitled to compensation for that death. Speak to me about your case and we can discuss what negligence means, how a wrongful death lawsuit may benefit you financially and what to expect should your case go to court. It’s my job to prepare you for court, should you choose to hire my services,” Lee said.