Charges Filed in Houston Wrong Way Accident
Written by Greg on October 17, 2014
Reports indicates that a 22-year-old man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault on a public servant in connection with a wrong way car accident in Houston.
The accident occurred about 3 AM on Friday, October 10, 2014 on Clay Road.
A passenger in the vehicle driven by the 22-year-old man was killed in the crash and a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy was also injured in the accident.
It did not take a rocket scientist to suspect that the crash may have involved alcohol with an accident occurring at 3 AM in the morning and a car going the wrong way.
The deputy apparently suffered a broken leg and other injuries and is still in the hospital one week later.
Bond has been set at $80,000 according to reports.
Drunken driving accidents have been a dilemma for the greater Houston area for decades. For several years in a row, Houston led the nation in fatal drunk driving crashes.
To combat the epidemic of drunk driving accidents, authorities have taken several innovative steps in recent times. One initiative was the “no refusal” weekend where personnel were put in place to obtain a warrant for obtaining blood samples from those who refuse a test. The policy has greatly increased the number of arrests and also convictions.
Neighboring Montgomery County has even gone to the lengths of arresting bartenders who are alleged to have over-served patrons that appeared to be obviously intoxicated to officers. That attacks the problem at the source.
Another option that would have a dramatic impact on the number of drunk driving accidents in Houston, is to reform the dram shop statute in Texas to give victims of drunk driving a stronger chance of holding bars and clubs who over serve patrons accountable for those actions.
Many drunk driving accidents involve drivers who are uninsured or have very small insurance limits and the victims end up being victims of the accident and then victims of the system of civil justice.
Additionally, by not having uniform insurance policies for automobiles in the state of Texas, many accidents that would have been covered by insurance in the past are now leaving drunk driving accident victims with no insurance coverage for the accident.
We also advise everyone who can afford it to obtain underinsured motorist coverage on your own automobile policy to protect you from an accident with an uninsured driver.