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Drunk Driver in Critical Condition After Striking Dallas Fire Truck Responding to an Early Crash

Drunk Driver in Critical Condition After Striking Dallas Fire Truck Responding to an Early Crash scaled

KDFW reports that a Dallas Fire-Rescue truck was struck by a drunk driver while responding to an earlier crash. According to KDFW, the crash happened on January 7th just after 2:30 a.m. A woman traveling southbound on Stemmons Freeway near Storey Lane crashed into the back of a blocker truck that was being used to manage traffic from an earlier crash. The woman was hospitalized in critical condition and was later charged with Driving While Intoxicated. No firefighter was injured.

 

COMMENTARY:

Traffic Accidents can be magnets that attract other drivers, especially drunk drivers. Thanks to the Dallas Fire Rescue placing a blocker truck in the roadway, no one else was injured. It could have been very different. You might be wondering what kind of insurance claim(s) can be made by a drunk driver and if there is any coverage. If the driver had a liability auto policy, her coverage would pay for property damages incurred by the fire department up to her liability limit. This crash seems pretty cut and dry, right? A woman drives intoxicated and damages property and critically injures herself. Well, you might be surprised to find out that there may be additional parties at fault. In cases where a person had been drinking at a bar, restaurant, or other establishment and went on to injure themselves or others, the establishment may be liable under the Texas Dram Shop Act– even for the intoxicated persons injuries and damages. The process can be difficult to navigate and evidence can disappear so getting legal assistance quickly is necessary. It’s always best to know your rights and understand the process before you pick up the phone to start the claims process.

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