Operating a motor vehicle requires constant focus and attention, especially on crowded Texas roadways. This is why driving under the influence of alcohol is so dangerous. Alcohol slows down cognitive function, significantly delays reaction time and can make the simplest tasks extremely difficult. Regardless, people continue to get behind the wheel while impaired. Every year in America, thousands of people are injured or killed in drunk driving accidents.
A recent crash in Dallas caused by an alleged drunk driver tragically killed a former city councilwoman. The accident happened during the evening hours on Ledbetter Drive. According to reports, the driver of an SUV was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a sedan. Reports indicated the violent crash killed the driver of the sedan. She was reportedly a former Dallas City Councilwoman.
Her daughter was a passenger in the sedan and remains hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said. Police suspected the driver of the SUV to be under the influence of alcohol and placed him under arrest. The driver could be facing very serious charges, including DWI and intoxication manslaughter. Apparently, the man has a long criminal history that includes three previous drunken driving arrests.
Unfortunately, drunk driving continues to be a very serious problem across the country. Families in Texas who have suffered the loss of loved ones in drunk driving accidents can take action by consulting a legal representative. A successfully litigated lawsuit can result in substantial compensation to help struggling families with end-of-life expenses and other monetary losses.