Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – David West was riding his motorcycle one recent Sunday when a 2004 Dodge Dakota swerved into his lane, hitting him head-on. He died on impact.
On the day of the fatal accident, the 2004 Dakota was heading south on Farm Road 4, just north of Granbury. The driver behind the wheel was 36-year-old Ladonna Welch. According to eyewitnesses, her vehicle suddenly swung into the oncoming lane of traffic, plowing into 53-year-old David West’s 2012 Yamaha.
Welch was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and texting while driving (distracted driving). The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported that she was booked on the suspicion of intoxication manslaughter.
“This is just one more instance where drinking and driving, combined with texting while under the influence took the life of a man in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Austin personal injury attorney, Bobby Lee. “As plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys, we have seen this happen too many times to count.”
About one-in-three traffic accident deaths in the U.S. involves a drunken driver. The definition of an alcohol-impaired driver is one whose blood alcohol concentration or BAC is 0.08 percent or higher. A reading of 0.08 percent designates them as impaired in the eyes of the law.
Despite the dedicated efforts of many agencies and organizations across the nation and in Texas, drunk drivers still climb into their vehicles millions of times every day. “Texas has one of the worst records for the highest number of deaths attributable to DWI. Consider the statistics between 2003 and 2012 which reveal that 13,138 people died in accidents involving a drunken driver,” said Lee.
The numbers do not lie and the fatality rate keeps on climbing. For an eye-opening visual reference relating to the number of DWI deaths in Texas, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_tx.pdf
“If you have been involved in an accident where the other driver was under the influence of alcohol, or another substance, it is vital that you consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Time is of the essence in order to preserve evidence that may be needed to take your case to court to obtain compensation for your injuries,” said Lee.
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Austin, Texas 78759
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