Spring, TX – A mother and two minor children were killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Spring, Texas. Another child remains on life support.
The accident happened on FM 2920 near Gosling Road in Spring, Texas.
According to ABC13, the mother's vehicle caught fire after it was rear-ended in a chain reaction wreck with seven other vehicles. The mother and a 7-month-old child were killed instantly. Two other children, a 2-year-old and 5-year-old, were taken to a hospital in The Woodlands by Life Flight. The 5-year-old died at the hospital and the 2-year-old child remains on life support.
Investigators from Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman's office are preparing to file multiple counts of intoxication manslaughter against the suspect.
Drunk Driving Accident Statistics in Texas
Driving while drunk not only endangers the driver, but places the entire community at risk for serious injury and death. Even with strict laws and ad campaigns about the dangers of driving under the influence, accidents involving intoxicated drivers continue. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2019:
- There were 24,617 alcohol-related crashes in Texas
- Harris County, TX had 3,603 alcohol-related crashes with 120 deaths
- Montgomery County, TX had 462 alcohol-related crashes with 17 deaths
- Fort Bend County, TX had 267 alcohol-related crashes with 12 deaths
- 886 deaths occurred statewide
- 7,276 injuries were reported statewide
Who Can Be Held Responsible For A Drunk Driving Accident In Texas?
If a drunk driver hurts or kills someone in an accident, the intoxicated person can be held legally liable and be forced to pay a monetary judgment. Texas also allows the victim (or certain family members in the event of a death) to sue people and businesses under Texas' “dram shop” law for overserving alcoholic beverages to its customers. To prove liability under the dram shop law, you must prove the following:
- At the time the person was served alcohol, it was apparent the individual being sold, served, or provided with an alcoholic beverage was obviously intoxicated to the extent that he presented a clear danger to himself and others; and
- the intoxication of the person receiving the alcoholic beverage was a proximate cause of the damages suffered.
Thus, under the Texas dram shop law, any person or business that provided alcohol to a person who was “obviously intoxicated” can be held liable for the injuries or death caused by the drunk driver. Thus, bars, hotels, convenience stores and any other seller of alcohol can be held civilly liable.
It's important to note, however, “obvious intoxication” is not the same as “legal intoxication.” Under Texas law, a person can be legally intoxicated if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reaches 0.08%. A person can have a BAC that exceeds the legal limit but still not appear to be “obviously intoxicated.” Proving obvious intoxication can be difficult and challenging without finding the help of an experienced dram shop lawyer.
HRSLawyers.com posts these articles to keep the Greater Houston community informed about traffic accidents and other news. These blog posts are not intended to give legal advice. However, if you or a loved one has been involved in a similar accident and need help from an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact the Spring, TX Personal Injury Lawyers at Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP. Call 713.981.4100. Our lawyers can help you find answers and obtain monetary compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Categories: Car and Traffic Accident; Rear End Collision; Dram Shop; Wrongful Death