Houston Car Accident Results In Charges

Written by greg on October 24, 2012

An accident that happened back in September and resulted in the death of one person has now resulted in intoxicated manslaughter charges against the driver of the vehicle. According to reports, a young man was driving on FM 1960 and what investigators say was a high rate of speed when he lost control, swerved off the highway and rolled over in a ditch.

The passenger was ejected from the vehicle and tragically passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in an accident. Harris County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the incident and the charges were recently filed by Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

As reported by Chron.com, witnesses to the accident helped the driver of the vehicle out of the vehicle where he was taken to the hospital. Allegedly, the young man failed a sobriety test in the field and apparently a blood sample was also tested as part of the investigation. The reports indicated that drugs were also found in the testing.

A judge has set the bond at $30,000 in connection with the charge of intoxicated manslaughter that stem from this one vehicle accident. My heart goes out to the family of the passenger who passed away in the accident.

Drunk driving accidents are in the news on an everyday basis around the nation and Houston has a very high percentage of fatal DWI accidents. In fact, Houston leads the nation in fatal drunk driving accidents. Recently, the Houston area authorities have worked together to implement “no refusal weekends” in an effort to get more drinking drivers off the road and to serve as a deterrent for others who may choose to drink and drive. The initiative is used on weekends such as Labor Day and other holidays when the number of drinking drivers increases.

Basically, the no refusal we can when in effect prevents suspected drunk drivers from the ability to escape testing. The program has resulted in a substantial number of convictions and led to many more arrests. Unfortunately, authorities are unable to implement the policy on an ongoing full-time basis.

In this case, the charge of intoxicated manslaughter is a charge that is outlined in the Texas exemplary damages law also known as Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code–Section 41.008. That section provides limitations on the amount of exemplary or punitive damages that may be awarded in a case in Texas, but also provides that the limitations in the amount of exemplary damages are inapplicable in certain enumerated Penal Code Violations.

Civil Practice & Remedies Code Section 41 provides requirements and limitations on punitive damages associated with Texas personal injury or wrongful death cases.

Greg Baumgartner is a injury attorney and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, which is dedicated to helping personal injury victims seek civil justice. If you would like to speak with a houston lawyer call the Baumgartner firm. Google+

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