Investigations into a fatal accident on Highway 59 near Grunwald in Fort Bend County last week are still going on. The accident killed three persons, including an alleged wrong way driver. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, two women, Judith Gass, 47, and Lisa Nash, 46, of Houston, were traveling in a Jeep. They were traveling the wrong way southbound on Highway 59. At some point, their Jeep crashed head-on into a Ford driven by Ashley Andrews, 27, of El Campo. All three women were killed instantly.
Apparently, several motorists had informed the Department of Public Safety that a motorist was headed the wrong way on Highway 59. However, by the time troopers could get to the driver, the accident had already taken place. According to troopers, a bottle of alcohol was found in the wrong way driver’s vehicle. They are looking at drunk driving as a possible factor in the accident. The medical examiner is performing toxicology tests on all the three victims.
If drunk driving was indeed found to be a factor in this accident, then it will come as no surprise to Houston accident lawyers. Intoxicated driving is often a result of impaired driving. Every year across the country thousands of people (at least 11,000 deaths in 2008) are killed in drunk driving accidents, and the majority of these are caused by intoxicated motorists who end up traveling in the opposite direction. That’s not to say that drunk driving is the only factor, however. Sometimes, there may be genuine mistakes made, like when a road design is particularly confusing, or when a person is new to the neighborhood.
However, no matter what the cause of a wrong way driving accident, the one thing that they all have in common is the seriousness of the impact. These accidents often end either in fatalities or serious injuries, because they’re high-speed, full-on head-on collisions.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto, truck or bus accident and alcohol is suspected as a factor, contact the Husband & Wife Legal Team at the Kahn Law Firm today for a case evaluation by calling 713-226-9900 or toll free 1-844-301-KAHN.