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Texas couple victims of drunk driving accident

For many, driving late on a Friday or Saturday night means using extra caution. The end of the week often means people are out drinking or partying, and this raises the risk of facing a drunk driver on the road. However, for one Texas couple, it was a Monday when their world was shattered. Now, a family is left to piece together their lives and try to make sense of the tragedy.

Just before 11 p.m., the couple was traveling on a busy, multi-lane highway when a second vehicle apparently blew through a red light, striking the couple's car squarely on the passenger door. The couple's vehicle spun violently, hitting another car before stopping. The 56-year-old woman in the passenger seat was trapped in the wreckage, and rescue workers had to extricate her from the mangled car. She was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.

Her husband, who was driving, was injured but is expected to recover. The 25-year-old driver who apparently ran the red light suffered no injuries. Police questioned him and searched his car, finding an open bottle of wine. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter and taken to jail.

While the family of the victims grieves the loss of the woman, and helps her husband recover from his injuries, they may also have many questions about their options for seeking possible compensation through the Texas civil courts. Certainly, they will face medical bills, funeral expenses and countless other costs associated with this drunk driving tragedy. With the assistance of an attorney, they can decide the most appropriate action to take.

Source: CBS DFW, "Suspected Drunk Diver Causes Deadly Wreck In East Dallas", Oct. 17, 2017

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