This past Wednesday morning, another person was killed in a wrong-way crash
on I-35 in Austin. According to police, a 23-year-old woman and her passenger
headed the wrong-way by entering the Manor Road exit ramp at about 3 a.m.
The woman's car crashed head-on into the victim's car. He was
pronounced dead at the scene.
This is the city's 65th
fatal accident this year. Since Jan. 1, 69 people have lost their lives in accidents.
In all of 2014, there were only 55 crashes with fatalities.
Austin's police chief, Art Acevedo, said, "Obviously if you add
up birthday celebration and wrong way driver I can tell you there's
an absolute, a strong probability that DWI will have, will play a role
in this investigation, but we haven't completely confirmed it."
Chief Acevedo said, "2015 is on track to be the bloodiest year on
American highways since 2007." According to several experts, part
of the reason for this is because the lower fuel prices have more people
on the roadways. That's not a reason to drink and drive, though.
Chief Acevedo also asked that parents discourage their children from drinking
and driving. He also asked them to explain to their kids about getting
into a vehicle when the driver has been drinking.
Finally, he asked that juries impose harsher sentences on people convicted of
drunk driving. Part of the reason for this is because some drunk drivers involved in
accidents have only received probation.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you have a right to hold him
or her responsible for your damages. This might include pain and suffering,
lost wages, medical expenses and more. An Austin personal injury attorney
experienced in personal injury cases can provide more information on how
you can seek compensation from a drunk driver.
Source: kvue.com, "APD Chief Acevedo calls for change after latest fatal crash," Ashley Goudeau, Tina Shively, Aug. 19, 2015