One person is dead and a young woman has been placed under arrest after a deadly wrong-way crash on US 75 Central Expressway just before midnight Thursday in Dallas.
According to a story that appeared on the DFW/ CBS Local website, authorities indicate that the accident involved a southbound vehicle on the Central Expressway collided head-on with another vehicle that was northbound and coming the wrong way.
Dallas Police say that both vehicles slammed into one another at what is estimated at full freeway speed. The accident left both cars almost completely disintegrated and debris littering the Expressway near Lover’s Lane.
Police investigators have indicated that a third vehicle was also involved in the crash.
One person, whose identity has not yet been released, was killed on impact. Others who were injured in the crash were taken to an area hospital.
No further details regarding the identities of others involved in the crash have been released. Police have also not released the identity of the young woman in custody or given any information about pending charges in the accident.
According to a recent study by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the state of Texas is one of the top states in the nation for wrong-way crashes. The research also showed that 80 % of all wrong-way crashes on Texas roadways occur between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
The study also noted after 2:00 a.m. when most establishments stop serving alcohol, the potential for wrong-way crashes nearly doubles. In the years from 2004 -2009, an estimated 59% of wrong-way crashes that end in serious injury or fatalities that were caused by drivers who had a measured blood alcohol level or BAC at or greater than 0.15; nearly double the legal limit anywhere in the U.S.
Even though the state of Texas has begun investment in wrong-way driving measures meant to warn motorists of the potential danger, tragic accidents, such as this one can still occur.
For the family members who are left to pick up the pieces after losing a loved one in a wrong-way crash, there can be no monetary compensation or anything anyone can do to take away the pain. Whether or not this young woman is convicted criminally in this case, more than likely the surviving family members of the person killed will file a civil lawsuit in order to obtain some compensation for their loss. By law in the state of Texas, the family may be entitled to receive compensation for any medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering and additional monetary awards for lost companionship and comfort.
If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and are facing a similar situation, having an attorney working for you is essential. If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost someone you live in a tragic accident involving a wrong-way or drunken driver, contact our law offices today.