11/10/2015 // 1-800 Car Wreck Fort Worth // (press release)
A Fort Worth man who was recently arrested in connection with a fatal car crash that left one woman dead has a history of DWI. According to Fort Worth car crash attorney Amy Witherite of Eberstein Witherite LLP, reports say the husband of the car wreck victim recalled to the media the most recent drunk driving incident which occurred while he and his wife were traveling back to St. Louis after a visit with their daughter in San Antonio.
Source: Star-Telegram Report “Husband of woman killed in Fort Worth DWI crash recalls wreck details”
“FORT WORTH – William Williams can still picture the white pickup truck racing up behind him on I-35 as he passed through Fort Worth with Margaret, his wife of 55 years, on Sept. 27… “The guy tried to pass me on the left side,” Williams, 77, said Wednesday in a telephone interview from Missouri. “And he hit the rear end of the car on the driver’s side.”
The report further states that the impact caused Williams’ car to skid right and slam into a wall. He was not injured, but his wife sustained blunt force trauma to the chest and died three days later.
Says Witherite, who is not connected to the case, “one of the saddest elements of this accident is that the driver accused of causing the fatal crash had a history of reckless driving behavior, including two past DWI convictions.” The Fort Worth attorney says this is one example of the numerous fatal crashes that occur throughout the state of Texas each year and involve repeat DWI offenders. The suspect in this case now faces a felony DWI-repetition charge.
Legal Options for Victims of Fort Worth DWI Crashes
Statistics show that on average a person who drives drunk has done so 80 times prior to their first arrest. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also says that in the United States, one death occurs every 51 minutes as a result of a drunk driving case.
Source: CDC Impaired Driving: Get the Facts
“Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $59 billion.”
In 2013, a reported one third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. were linked to alcohol impairment. In 2010, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Fort Worth personal injury attorney Amy Witherite says that with the problem being so significant, it is important that effective measures be implemented to curb this type of reckless driving behavior. One way is to take legal steps to ensure that impaired drivers are held accountable in civil courts in addition to whatever legal action is taken to hold them accountable criminally. Says Witherite “some injured crash victims and their loved ones aren’t aware that they are eligible to pursue legal claims for damages against the drunk driver that hurt them after an arrest has been made, but the law does not limit legal penalties in these matters to civil or criminal. Both types of legal action can be pursued.”
Those with questions about their legal options after a drunk driving accident in Fort Worth can contact a personal injury lawyer for help.
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