Mesquite Police Department said that a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe rear ended a 2008 Toyota Corolla, causing a chain reaction crash that involved four vehicles and a semi truck.
According to NBCDFW.com, Mesquite Police said the driver of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, 41-year-old Jorge Valdez-Martinez, fled from the scene on foot after the crash, and he was arrested after police determined that he was intoxicated.
The driver of the 2008 Toyota Corolla, 55-year-old Sylvia Islas, was transported to a local hospital where she died from her injuries, according to police. Police said no one else was injured.
It seems like several times a weekend we hear about another fatality accident involving an alleged drunk driver. Although it is not clear where the alleged drunk driver was coming from at the time of the accident, it happened within a driving distance of several night clubs and drinking establishments. In any case seeking damages for wrongful death against the alleged drunk driver, the family will need to investigate where the man was coming from in order to determine whether or not the man had become intoxicated at a local drinking establishment. If he was, then it will need to be investigated by the attorney handling their case to determine whether or not it is a good idea to sue the establishment under § 2.02 of the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Codes “Dram Shop” provisions.
In addition to that, a better understanding of how the accident occurred will need to be done. It is not clear from the report whether or not any of the other cars, or the semi-truck, did anything to exacerbate the driver of the Corolla’s injuries. If so, then they are liable for some of the damages.
Navigating insurance claims will be very important. Many of these claims can be resolved without litigation, but it is always best to seek the advice of a license attorney regarding your claims. Even if they do not take your case, they will put you in the right direction to resolve your personal injury and property damage claims with the insurance company.
For the more difficult wrongful death and dram shop claims, seek an attorney who can represent the estate against the drunk driver and, if any, the drinking establishment that the alleged drunk driver left just prior to the accident.
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