Drunk Driving Accidents

 

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Jason Dixon was arrested at the scene of a four car accident in west Harris county on eastbound Clay Road on September 1, 2015. He was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, after Vincente DeLeon and Reyualdo Landin were killed in the crash. First, Mr. Dixon ran a red light at the intersection of Highway 6 and the 16200 block of Clay Road. A Ford E35, a Toyota Rav-4, and a northbound Jeep were all hit by his 2009 Kia Sedona in the resulting wreck. Mr. DeLeon died at the scene of the accident, while Mr. Landin passed away at a nearby hospital.
 
 
Legal Commentary
Drunk drivers endanger the lives of everyone around them. Three innocent drivers were in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to MADD, DUI accidents cost the US $199 billion each year, and 28 people die daily in a drunken driving crash. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about your legal rights.
 
Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. It is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunk driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation, in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from a DUI accident, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations that DUI accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.
 
 
About the Author 
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer who represents victims and families involved in automobile accidents. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. He also participates in many prominent legal organizations, including The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Board of Directors for Public Justice. Texas Monthly Magazine profiled him as a Super Lawyer for the past six years. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/auto_injury, at +1.888.630.4412 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com.

 photo credits KVUE

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AUGUST 2015 – Michelle Orduna celebrated her 23rd birthday on August 19, but the joyous occasion turned to tragedy around 2:30 a.m., when she drove the wrong way up the southbound Mano Road exit ramp on I-35 near Airport Boulevard. Her blood alcohol count was 0.17, which is more than twice the legal limit. Her passenger, Megan Mendez of New Braunfels, 23, died at University Medical Center at Brackenridge following the accident.

Clayton Matthew Keller of San Antonio, 26, was driving the Toyota Scion that Ms. Orduna’s white Toyota Camry hit head-on. Mr. Keller passed away at the scene of the accident. He was a staff member and crew chief for SXSW. Ms. Orduna was booked and charged by proxy with two second degree felonies for intoxication manslaughter, as she was still hospitalized with critical injuries following the crash. Bail was set at $200,000.

Legal Commentary
Drunk drivers endanger the lives of everyone around them. An innocent driver who was trying to make his way home to San Antonio was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to MADD, DUI accidents cost the US $199 billion each year, and 28 people die daily in a drunken driving crash. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about your legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. It is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation, in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from a DUI accident, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations that DUI accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer who represents victims and families involved in automobile accidents. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. He also participates in many prominent legal organizations, including The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Board of Directors for Public Justice. Texas Monthly Magazine profiled him as a Super Lawyer for the past six years. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/auto_injury at +1.888.630.4412 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com.

Pictured above: Emergency crews after the accident 

Over the weekend, a group of friends who formed a bachelorette party were leaving a vineyard tour when a devastating accident occurred. The accident happened around 5pm on Saturday afternoon in Long Island, New York, when the eight women piled into a black limousine they had rented for a bachelorette party. The limousine attempted to make a U-turn on Route 48 in Cutchogue when a red Dodge Dakota pickup truck crashed into the side of the limousine.

The impact nearly ripped the limo in half and unfortunately, killed three women instantly. Another woman died shortly after at a nearby hospital. Two more were critically injured. Authorities state that the man driving the pickup truck, identified as Steven Romeo, was driving while intoxicated. He was also injured in the crash but had attempted to flee the accident on foot. He was arraigned from his hospital bed at a $1 million bond with a DUI charge. According to prosecutors, that charge is likely to be upgraded as a more thorough investigation is conducted. 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer’s Profile.

Pictured above: a scene from the accident 

Over the weekend, an unfortunate accident involving a drunk driver resulted in the death of a father and his two children, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ancio Ostane was driving westbound on Southern State Parkway near Exit 41 when he was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver at around 1:30am early Sunday morning. He and his family were returning from a party. The driver who hit his car, identified as O’Neil Sharpe Jr., failed to stop and fled the scene as Mr. Ostane’s car ignited and went up in flames. 

The front seat passenger of the car, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, was able to escape. Luckily, she did not sustain major injuries and was released from Southside Hopsital. Unfortunately, her children, identified as 8-year-old Andy Ostane and 4-year-old Sephora Ostane, were trapped in the burning vehicle and along with their father, died at the scene of the accident. Mr. Sharpe was taken into custody that same morning and was charged with a DWI and leaving the scene of an accident. 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer’s Profile.

 

Pictured above: The totaled car after the unfortunate accident 

The holidays are always a dangerous time to be on the road and this Fourth of July weekend was no different. An unfortunate accident involving a drunk driver and his passenger occurred early on Saturday, July 4th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The accident happened near the intersection of 63rd and Appelton Avenue when the driver, who was found to be driving drunk, hit a tree. According to a witness, the driver was driving at a high speed and lost control before slamming into the tree. The impact of the accident caused the car to flip over on its side. 

Unfortunately, the driver’s decision to drive drunk resulted in the death of his 32-year-old passenger. The driver was rescued by witnesses who saw the accident happen. He was tended to by first responders but it is unclear whether he was transported to the hospital or what injuries he sustained. He was arrested for OWI homicide. According to officials, his case will be taken to the District Attorney’s Office in the next few days. 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer’s Profile.

 

Pictured above: Los Angeles Police Department investigating the crash 

Early Sunday, an accident involving a drunk driver left a 19-year-old CSUN student dead and several others injured. The accident occurred in Northridge, California at the intersection of Roscoe Boulevard and Lindley Avenue around 3:30a.m. The drunk driver, who has not been identified, crashed into the driver’s side door of a red Ford Mustang. The driver of that car, 19-year-old Desirae Crystal Crittenden, died at the scene of the accident. 

Five others were initially said to be injured, some of them critically. The passenger in the drunk driver’s car sustained life-threatening injuries, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The drunk driver was hospitalized and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The crash remains under investigation. 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer’s Profile.

 

Pictured above: The damage to Patrolman Carpenter’s patrol vehicle caused by a drunk driver 

Last weekend, early Saturday morning, a drunk driver crashed into a patrol car, injuring a township policeman. According to officials, Patrolman Robert Carpenter was responding to an accident on southbound Route 287 when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 2012 Jeep Wrangler being driven by Claudia Echeverri-Salazar. At the time, Carpenter had positioned his patrol vehicle to block off a two-vehicle accident scene and instead of driving away, Carpenter braced his car for the impact. His vehicle was totaled and Carpenter himself sustained back, shoulder and elbow injuries and was taken to Morristown Medical Center. 

Carpenter’s decision may have helped spare the lives of Police Capt. Shawn Waldron and Sgt. Jeffrey Flynn, the two officers who were at the scene of the first accident. Because of Patrolman Carpenter’s decision, they were able to move out of the way in time and only sustained minor injuries. The drunk driver, Excheverri-Salazar, was charged with three counts of assault by auto and driving while intoxicated. She was released and will be appear in court at a future date. 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer’s Profile.

 

Pictured above: The scene of the accident on I-196 

Yesterday, a Michigan driver was charged in a suspected drunk-driving crash after he caused a deadly accident over the Memorial Day weekend. The accident happened on Saturday on I-196 in Georgetown, Michigan. A Ford C-Max, driven by Bernard Langmeyer, was stalled on the shoulder of the highway with a flat tire when a Chevy Tahoe, driven by Richard Rish, rear-ended the car. Both vehicles hit the guardrail and crossed back into the traffic. A third vehicle attempted to avoid the crash but hit the Tahoe. 

Unfortunately, the driver of the C-Max that was initially hit, Mr. Langmeyer, did not survive the crash. His wife, Deborah Langmeyer, was the passenger in the car and sustained minor head injuries. Rish was not injured and was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence and for outstanding warrants. Officials also noted that Rish had a past criminal record. He will be charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) causing death and is currently being held on a $50,000 bond. 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer’s Profile.

 

Pictured left: Mendoza’s mug shot after her arrest 

Yesterday, a drunk driver was finally sentenced two years after they caused a fatal accident. Two years ago, on November 2013, Kayla Mendoza got behind the wheel and began driving the eastbound on a westbound lane on the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs, Florida. She reached speeds of 80mph and in her inebriated state, crashed into two friends, killing them both. The two women were identified as Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio.

Mendoza’s social media presence was highlighted after her arrest since she had tweeted that she was "2 drunk 2 care" right before she caused this accident. At the time of the accident, Mendoza had a blood-alcohol level that was almost twice the legal limit. Officials also found marijuana traces in her system. After pleading guilty to two DUI manslaughter charges, Mendoza was sentenced to 24 years in prison with an additional six years probation. She was underage at the time of the accident and did not have a license. She will not be allowed to drive a vehicle again. 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer’s Profile.

 

Picture above: The Draper family 

On Thursday, April 23r, a deadly car crash involving a drunk driver left two dead. Around 9pm, 37-year-old Crystal Draper was driving with her children on U.S. Highway 183 in Williamson County near Saratoga Springs Drive. She attempted to turn left onto Saratoga Springs Drive when the drunk driver in question plowed into her Nissan. That drunk driver was identified as John Alvarado, and had been driving with an invalid license that night.

Unfortunately, two of Draper’s children, 10-year-old Kirstin Draper and 15-year-old Koby Draper, were killed in the crash. She herself is in critical condition at Seton Medical Center Williamson. Two of her other children were taken to a nearby hospital and treated. Alvarado was already treated and then released to the Williamson County Jail where he was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. This is not the first time that Alvarado has been charged with an alcohol-related offense. In 2008 and 2009, he was picked up for driving drunk. A magistrate judge has been set at $1 million. 

Pictured below: The location of Wednesday’s accident

 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. In 2013, 579 people died in DWI related crashes in Texas alone. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer’s Profile.