A Texas man is dead and several others injured after a six-car accident on Independence Day. One of the drivers involved is now under investigation, and authorities believe that alcohol played a part in the car crash.
On the afternoon of July 4, a group of four people was traveling in a Nissan Altima along Texas 80. As they approached the intersection with County Road 101, the vehicle entered the left lane and slowed in preparation to make a turn. At the same time, a 20-year-old Kyle man was driving a Dodge Neon on the same highway. The man did not stop or change lanes behind the Nissan and collided with the vehicle. This collision sent the Nissan into the oncoming lanes where it was struck by both a car and a truck before finally colliding with a Department of Public Safety vehicle. Parts of the Nissan then crossed the highway, striking another vehicle traveling past the scene.
In all, nine people were injured and taken to the hospital. One of the Nissan occupants, a 25-year-old man from Woodlands, was killed in the crash. Two of the other occupants were still in the hospital in serious condition at the time of the report. The Neon driver was taken by air to Brackenridge Hospital, but was released soon after treatment. Police were investigating the man, and reports indicate that he could possibly be facing intoxicated manslaughter charges.
Recourse for Victims of Drunk or Distracted Drivers
When someone is injured in a car accident due to a drunk or distracted driver, the responsible driver may be liable for any damages that occur. An Austin personal injury attorney who has experience in auto accident cases may be able to assess the evidence and bring the appropriate legal claim.
If you have questions about your rights after a car accident, feel free to contact an Austin car accident lawyer at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC.
Source: Statesman, “One dead, nine injured after six-vehicle wreck near San Marcos”, Andrew McLemore, July 05, 2014