Alcohol and road racing can be a deadly combination, especially on the freeways in the Metroplex. A recent rollover crash on the southbound Sam Rayburn Tollway provides dramatic proof of this theory.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, two cars appear to have been road racing on the freeway at about 9:35 p.m. when they collided. One of the cars rolled over, and a third vehicle was rear-ended by the vehicle that did not roll over. A driver in a nearby vehicle said that he heard the cars before he saw them. Within seconds after sighting the racing cars, the witness said he saw them collide.
The driver of the vehicle that collided but did not roll over was arrested and charged with six driving-related violations, including intoxication assault. Both the driver and the passenger in the vehicle that rolled over were taken to hospitals in Plano with various injuries.
The driver who was arrested is facing serious criminal charges. If convicted, he could face a significant period of incarceration, a large fine, and the loss of his driving privileges. The pending charges make consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney almost a necessity.
A knowledgeable attorney can evaluate the evidence, suggest defense strategies, and, if appropriate, assist in negotiating an appropriate plea agreement.
The injured persons in the car that rolled over may wish to pursue a civil claim for damages for their injuries. Further forensic investigation into the cause of the accident must be completed before any conclusions can be drawn concerning potential civil liability.
Nevertheless, an experienced personal injury lawyer can provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence and an opinion about the likelihood of defending against any claims of fault.