The holidays are a time for celebrating. Many of us become much more social during the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, and typically that means a larger widespread consumption of alcohol. With family and friends in town and with time off work, the festivities are plenty, and those festivities often include champagne, eggnog, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. The issue is that people think they are “fine” to drive, and getting out on the road after all of the celebrating. While law enforcement officials know that drunk driving increases during the holiday season, they are on high alert out on the roads.
Even with the increased enforcement and best efforts by local police officers, not every drunk driver is caught before causing an accident. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), well over 1,000 alcohol-related deaths will occur during the holidays, and an estimated 25,000 injuries. While you want to keep your family safe, you can’t simply just avoid the roads during the holidays. It is important to stay alert and stay aware of those around you, and make sure you have a trusted car wreck attorney in Dallas on call in case you are involved in an accident.
Recent accidents this holiday season in DFW
Just recently, following New Year’s, a woman was arrested for drinking while intoxicated and causing an accident that almost instantly killed victim Timothy Shorter, aged 46. The suspect ran into the victim’s vehicle, pushing it into a concrete pillar. The crash occurred at 6:45 a.m. in Arlington on the ramp of the U.S. Highway 287 onto Interstate 20. The drunk driver, 35-year old Elizabeth Stratton from Fort Worth was arrested and booked into the Arlington jail.
This previous December, in South Dallas on a Saturday at midnight, a man was arrested for driving while intoxicated and crashing into another car on East Ledbetter Drive. The victim, and driver of the hit vehicle, was 23 years old and lost their life as a result of the accident.
After drunk driving on New Year’s Eve, a father is facing felony murder charges for driving and crashing into another SUV resulting in the death of his 11-year-old daughter. Jorge Ledezma, 33, of Magnolia, is being held responsible for the death as well as the injuries of his wife and son that were also in the vehicle and seriously injured in the crash. When Ledezma’s blood-alcohol content was tested in the hospital after the accident, he was 2.5 times the legal limit. He could face even more charges as the wife and son are at risk of losing their lives as well as a result of their serious injuries.
How Rad Law Firm can help
If you were involved in an accident with a drunk driver, here at Rad Law Firm, our expert lawyers have the necessary experience to help you receive the compensation you deserve. While these types of incidents can be extremely complex, your best option is to have a trusted personal injury lawyer in Dallas by your side. Our attorneys will assist you in your case by completing tasks such as:
- Gathering evidence of liability
- Filing insurance claims
- Keeping in touch with the insurance and handling the claim requirements
- Filing the lawsuit
- Deciphering the value of your claim
Having a caring and experienced lawyer on your side makes all the difference. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation, call us today.