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Texas woman killed in drunk driving crash

No matter the time of day, driving along the Texas interstates can be a nerve-wracking experience. Along with the hazards posed by heavy traffic and distracted drivers, there is the possibility that another driver may have climbed behind the wheel after drinking. Sadly, one family is now mourning the loss of their loved one after a drunk driving crash.

Texas officials reported that a man has been charged with one count of intoxicated manslaughter after he struck another vehicle with his SUV while traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 20. According to the accident report and video footage from a dashboard camera mounted in another vehicle, the wrong-way driver was proceeding in the far left lane of the highway against opposing traffic. His vehicle then appeared to side swipe one car, which sent it into a spin before it crashed. 

The driver of the SUV then smashed head-on into another vehicle driven by a 23-year-old woman. Her car was sent careening into a tractor-trailer that ended up in the median of the highway. Sadly, that collision killed the young woman. The charged driver's vehicle later burst into flames. The driver remains hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.

Though the man who caused this wrong-way accident is facing serious criminal charges, such charges will do little to alleviate the pain and grief that the deceased woman's family now faces. Furthermore, any other drivers or passengers in the vehicles involved in this crash may have also suffered serious injuries for which they may require months of recovery. Whenever a drunk driving crash causes innocent victims to suffer physical injuries, they likely also are burdened with significant monetary damages. In these situations, victims -- or surviving family members -- may seek compensation for those losses through the state's civil justice system.

Source: fox4news.com, "Wrong-way driver causes deadly chain-reaction crash", April 24, 2018

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