When we think about car accidents resulting in injury or death, we usually assume that the driver of another vehicle is responsible. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, a negligent driver causes a crash that injures the occupants of his or her own vehicle. Sadly, this is exactly what happened recently near Loop 410 and Southton Road in San Antonio: A driver who is alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol crashed into a tree. The 19-year-old passenger sustained fatal injuries in the collision.
Crash Results in Passenger’s Death
According to law enforcement, the fatal crash occurred late the night of November 30. A man in his 40s was traveling with a young woman when he failed to negotiate a curve and collided with a tree. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the accident. The force from the collision was so great that the two-vehicle occupants were trapped inside the vehicle. Firefighters eventually freed the occupants from the car but the passenger did not survive her injuries. The driver of the vehicle was allegedly intoxicated and police say he has been charged with intoxication assault.
Legal Options for Injured Passengers
Passengers who are involved in serious auto wrecks often face a unique set of challenges – especially if they know the driver who caused the crash. Individuals injured in accidents caused by friends, family members, or co-workers may be hesitant to take legal action against them. However, it is important to remember that personal injury claims are typically filed with the at-fault person’s insurance company, not against the actual individual. Still, each case is different and it is best to receive personalized legal guidance from an attorney if you ever find yourself in this situation.
Contact a New Braunfels Car Accident Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one were involved in a serious wreck, contact The Bettersworth Law Firm to discuss your legal options. We can help you determine the next steps. You may be entitled to compensation for your lost income from time off work, medical costs, vehicle damage, and more. You may even qualify for compensation for non-financial harm, including your pain and suffering.
New Braunfels personal injury lawyer James S. Bettersworth has provided high-quality legal representation for clients injured in car wrecks, truck accidents, and other accidents for over 20 years. He can provide the legal advocacy you and your family need during this tumultuous time. Call our office today at 830-443-9193 for a free consultation to learn more.