Alcohol and driving do not mix as impaired judgment increases when a driver is under the influence. Danger can easily appear on our streets when people choose to get behind the wheel after a night of drinking. This action often comes with serious consequences as seen in an accident in Lubbock involving a drunk driver.
A Damaging Outcome
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver allegedly responsible for the accident had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26, over three times the legal limit of 0.08. The victim in the collision was placed on life support but died a month after the accident, while two other passengers were uninjured.
After the last arrest, a Lubbock County judge ordered the driver to have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle. The man was indicted on an intoxication manslaughter charge in mid-November of 2015.
In the State of Texas, a plea bargain for a conviction of reckless driving involving alcohol cannot be reached due to statute. As a result, drunk drivers cannot lessen the offense. First, second and third offenses can range from of a fine of $2,000 up to $10,000 for the third offense with possible incarceration. The consequences for driving drunk is having a driver’s license suspended for up to two years with the driver also being ordered to install an ignition interlock device at their own expense.
Justice for the Victims and Family
If you or a loved one has been the victim of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. At the J. Gonzalez Law Firm, we know how difficult it can be to overcome drunk driving-related accidents. Get in touch with us today in McAllen to explore your options.