Did you see this crazy story? A 39-year-old man recently died after “barreling” his Dodge Magnum into a house in Fort Worth. Fortunately his six-year-old son, who was restrained by a car seat, only sustained minor injuries.
Gaylon Moore was allegedly fleeing the scene of another accident that he had caused. The first crash took place on a bridge on Southwest Boulevard that spanned over West Vickery Boulevard. It is unclear why the first
crash happened but it prompted the man to flee the scene. From there he drove across a grass median, crossed a service road along Southwest Boulevard, and struck a fire hydrant. The momentum caused his car to roll over and slam into the house, destroying the garage.
The owner of the house has lived there for 20 years and has long feared, due to the location, that a car might hit his fence. Yet he never once thought that a car would actually break through the brick and hit his truck which was parked in the driveway. He was on his way toward the garage to pick up his granddaughter from school when he heard the crash. He then opened the garage and found dust, insulation, and sheet rock falling down, before seeing the car itself. The driver was removed from the car and taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. His son was likewise taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center but was released.This was a tragic situation that very easily could have been made worse. It is fortunate that only the driver was killed, and not his son, the owner of the house, or any people unfortunate enough to be nearby. While there is no word as to whether the driver in this case was intoxicated, it seems likely as this sort of accident is too often the result of driving under the influence.
In Texas, it is estimated that every 20 minutes, someone is injured or killed in a car crash involving alcohol. The legal limit for adult intoxication is .08, and those found to be intoxicated may face anywhere from three days to 10 years in prison, depending upon the frequency of the offense. Those who Drive While Intoxicated with a minor child in the car could be charged with child endangerment, which can lead to up to two years in jail, a fine of up to $10,000, and the loss of one’s driver’s license for 180 days. That does not factor in the civil lawsuits a driver may face, not only from injured passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians, but also from property owners whose homes have been damaged by reckless driving. If you live in Dallas or Fort Worth and were injured in a car accident, contact a good Fort Worth car accident attorney to learn your rights.
Bill Berenson has been representing Texans injured in accidents for more than 33 years. Located in Fort Worth, with offices throughout the Metroplex and in Houston, he only represents clients injured by accidents involving cars, trucks, 18 wheelers, bicycles and motorcycles. If you want an experienced Board Certified personal injury specialist who will provide you with compassionate legal representation, contact him today to schedule a free initial consultation.