One Person Killed in Head-on Collision in Montgomery
Written by Greg on February 14, 2019
One person was killed and several others injured in a head-on collision in Montgomery. The accident happened in the 21000 block of Eve Street. Police continue investigations into how the crash occurred, however, preliminary reports indicate that the driver of a pickup truck was traveling westbound when it crossed the center lane and crashed into an SUV that was traveling eastbound. When police responded, they found three people trapped inside the SUV, one of whom died at the scene. The others were transported to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.
The driver of the pickup was found in his truck and removed. He was also transported to the hospital with injuries. According to reports, the police found a variety of pill bottles inside the pickup truck, which suggests that the accident may have been caused by impaired driving. The police are continuing to investigate the cause.
Texas Impaired Driving
In Texas, as in other states, impaired driving covers impairment from alcohol and drugs. Certain types of medications, even if prescribed by a doctor, may cause impairment if they are taken improperly. Illicit drugs are not the only ones that cause problems for drivers. Taking too many prescription drugs, mixing prescriptions, and taking someone else’s prescription can all cause impairment.
The police have special training to evaluate drug impairment. Since drug and alcohol impairment is different, special training is necessary to determine drug-impaired drivers. A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is specifically trained to assess non-alcohol related impairment. A DRE will be called to the scene of a traffic stop where impairment is suspected. DREs are trained to use the 12-step DRE protocol to determine drug impairment.
The 12 steps include:
- Breath alcohol test
- Interview of officer
- Preliminary exam and first pulse
- Eye exam
- Divided Attention Psychophysical tests
- Vital signs and second pulse
- Dark room examinations
- Exam for muscle tone
- Check of injection sites and third pulse
- Statements made by the subject
- Analysis and observations
- Toxicological exam
The toxicology report is done using a urine, blood, or saliva sample that is sent to the laboratory. The toxicology results are generally not immediate and will be provided to police once complete. In this case, pills and pill bottles were found in the vehicle and the driver was taken to the hospital where a toxicology exam was most likely performed.
Help From an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you were hurt as the result of a DWI accident or other wreck caused by an impaired driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. These may include economic and non-economic damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If the driver was grossly negligent, he or she may also be ordered to pay punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish an individual for behavior as a deterrent to others.
Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys is here to assist you in getting the money you are entitled to after an injury. We have helped thousands of people obtain compensation and we can help you, too. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm to schedule a consultation today. (281) 587-1111