Sadly, last week, a young woman was killed in a possible drunk driving accident in North Austin.
According to KXAN-TV, the two-vehicle crash happened on April 12 around 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of Gracy Farms Lane and Burnet Road. Reports indicate that a Camaro was heading north on Burnet Road when it went through a red light and T-boned a Nissan that was heading east of Gracy Farms Lane.
The driver of the Nissan, a woman in her early 20s, was killed in the crash. She was the only occupant of the car. The man driving the Camaro and a passenger were both taken to a Round Rock hospital for injury treatment.
The accident remains under investigation, although police said that the Camaro was speeding at the time of the crash. Authorities are also attempting to determine if alcohol played a role in the accident. Charges are pending.
Avoiding a Drunk Driving Accident
While it remains unclear if alcohol played a role in the crash above, if it is determined that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, he will face criminal charges. Keep in mind, there are no excuses for drunk driving, especially in Austin, where there are a bevy of alternatives.
In Austin, you can avoid a drunk driving accident by:
- Having a designated driver
- Using Capital Metro (public transportation)
- Using Uber or Lyft
- Using taxi services such as Yellow Cab, Lone Star Cab or Austin Cab Company
- Contacting a friend, co-worker or family member to offer you a ride
Contacting an Attorney Following a Drunk Driving Accident
As we have reported in our blog recently, Austin has been ranked by some outlets including Forbes as among the top five “drunkest cities” in America, based on alcohol sales. While Austin offers a great nightlife experience, those driving should use caution. Aside from severe criminal charges, if you are involved in a DUI accident that leads to injuries, you can be held civilly liable.
If a drunk driver has affected you, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney, who can help you preserve evidence for a lawsuit. Remember, you may be entitled to damages. It is unfortunate that drunk driving is an ongoing issue in Austin.
The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Personal Injury Attorney