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In a blow to the Texas legal community, Justice David L. Bridges was tragically killed in a horrific collision on Saturday night. Justice Bridges was driving on Interstate 30 when a 32-year-old woman, Megan Smith of Royse City, was driving the wrong way and hit his and another vehicle head-on. Smith was driving while intoxicated and was arrested for intoxication manslaughter. Justice Bridges, 65, was elected in 1996 to the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas. He was born in Fort Worth, according to his biography on the Texas Judicial Branch website. After graduating from Texas Tech law school, he served as an assistant District Attorney and as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State Bar of Texas.

We extend our sincere condolences to the Justice's family.

Texas drunk driving crashes are an epidemic

DWI wrecks are the leading cause of fatalities in the Lone Star State. In 2019, statistics show there were almost 9,000 crashes caused by an intoxicated driver which killed almost 900 people. The drunk driver is often speeding in a pickup truck. Every one of these crashes is 100% preventable.

The coronavirus has not stopped reckless driving

You would think that with a lot fewer vehicles on our roads, car and truck crashes would have decreased substantially. However, the opposite has happened. Some drivers seem to feel like they can speed and drive more recklessly now that the roads are less busy. State statistics reveal that the fatality rate per mile driven has increased by a huge 14% this year. Police officers have issued more speeding citations for speeds over 150 miles per hour to people who must think that they were competing at last weekend's race at the Texas Motor Speedway. This is infuriating. We advocate for stronger drunk driving laws and tougher criminal and civil enforcement to make our roads safer. We truly hope that this terrible collision will motivate our lawmakers and justice system to make the changes we need to crack down on this public health crisis.

Drunk driving is a huge problem here, even during the pandemic

Drunk driving wrecks are the number one cause of fatalities on our Texas roads. They are usually high speed collisions often caused by immature men driving huge pickup trucks. Like almost every vehicle collision, they are 100% preventable. As a personal injury lawyer who has specialized in motor vehicle collisions for over 40 years, Bill Berenson has represented far too many victims of drunk driving wrecks, including the horrific "affluenza teen" case where his client was tragically paralyzed for life and four people tragically died. Drunk driving happens all the time in Texas. Alcohol and drug use has unfortunately become part of our culture. Department of Transportation statistics show that in 2018, there were about 4,000 drunk driving collisions just here in Tarrant and Dallas Counties that took the lives of 127 people. One of the best ways to prevent DWIs is to sue drunk drivers and the companies that hire them and go after the companies that insure them. That will force the drivers and those that can hold them accountable to force necessary changes, whether it is firing them from their jobs, making them get counseling, or raising their premiums/cancelling their insurance policies. We must also stop bars, restaurants, and retail establishments from over serving drivers, especially those less than 18 years old, and setting them loose on the roads.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is vital in this fight

This is why Bill Berenson is an avid supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This worthwhile nonprofit organization is the only group that raises awareness of the deadly danger of drunk driving, lobbies for stronger laws and enforcement of DWI laws, and provides support to the victims of drunk driving crashes and their families. MADD was founded by a remarkable woman who lost her daughter to a drunk driver 40 years ago. Since then, MADD has reduced drunk driving crashes by one-half, saved an estimated 370,000 lives, and prevented millions of injuries. This is a cause Bill is happy to support. For years, Bill has supported MADD financially, served on the advisory board of directors for North Texas (as the only representative from Tarrant County) and attended its events. He was honored to receive its Commitment Award in 2017. MADD has asked Bill to write blogs for its web site. This is the most recent one. Pandemic has not stopped DWI epidemic

Walk Like MADD was on Saturday

Bill participated in the annual Walk Like MADD. It raised more than $31,000 to support its many programs. Due to the pandemic, this year's event was virtual so participants could not meet to grieve and pledge to remove intoxicated drivers from North Texas roads. Bill was the Presenting Sponsor in previous years when the event was held in Fort Worth. Last year, he enjoyed attending the event in Irving and running in the 5K race. The photograph at the top was taken there.

DWIs are a 24/7 problem here in Texas, even now

During this catastrophic pandemic, a problem like drunk driving may seem unimportant to a lot of people. But any time you drive, especially late at night, you could be a victim. And although fewer people are driving due to the coronavirus, hundreds of drunks are still causing car crashes in the DFW area each month. For example, just this Saturday at 7:00 p.m., a past client of ours and his friend were crashed into by a man who admitted to drinking "at least two" over sized alcoholic beverages.
For more information about MADD's mission or to make a donation, go to www.madd.org. Additional funds are needed so it can continue its important work.

10 ways to reduce drunk driving wrecks

We have advocated for stronger DWI and traffic safety laws and tougher enforcement of them for years. These must happen if we are to reduce the number of drunk driving collisions:
  • Conduct year-round "no refusal weekends" where drunk drivers cannot decline to have breath samples taken or blood drawn, not just on certain holiday weekends by a few counties;
  • Set up sobriety checkpoints on major roads on weekend nights;
  • Increase police officer patrols and require them to verify that liability insurance cards they are given are still in force and are not fraudulent;
  • Stop insurance companies from excluding drivers from policies;
  • Require engine interlocks for all offenders that cannot be evaded;
  • Force automakers to install Driver Alcohol Detection Systems and monitoring software to prevent reckless driving;
  • Lower the blood alcohol limit from .08% to .05%;
  • Require more television, radio, billboard, and social media PSAs and driver's education materials to increase alcohol and drug crash awareness;
  • Increase funding for government DWI prevention programs and MADD: and
  • File more criminal proceedings and civil lawsuits, stop allowing so many people to have their criminal charges plead down or dismissed, and publicize stiff jail sentences and high verdicts to send a message that drunk driving will be punished.

Berenson Injury Law gives back to the community

Bill and Berenson Injury Law are active in the Fort Worth and North Texas cities that we serve. Mr. Berenson cares about the safety of our community and believe that it is his civic duty to make this a better place to live. Here is more information about his community service. Bill moved to Fort Worth after he graduated from law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1980 - the same year MADD was started - and raised his family here. He also runs and cycles on our roads and wants them to be safer.

Contact Berenson Injury Law to discuss what you can do if you are in a crash

If you or someone you know or love has been injured in North Texas in a motor vehicle crash, Bill and the team at Berenson Injury Law are here to help you. Our personal injury lawyer stands up for car wreck victims and their families. We are committed to fighting to holding drunk drivers responsible and getting our clients the compensation they deserve. And if you are worried that you will have to testify in court years from now, we are often successful in obtaining good recoveries of money in these crashes out of court so our clients can get more their money quicker. Our law firm has settled two DWI crash cases for substantial amounts in the past month, showing how common they are. A husband and his wife were in this truck and the wife was seriously injured when they were hit by a drunk driver on a Houston highway. And for someone shopping around to hire a good Fort Worth personal injury lawyer wondering if we can get the job done for you, this client just wrote this 5 star review on Google: "We were in a car accident which was not our fault. The at fault person’s insurance company was doing everything they could to get out of paying for our injuries. We hired Mr. Berenson & it was such a relief to let him deal with the other insurance company. Thank you to Mr. Berenson, Jessica and his team, you all made the process so easy and got us the settlement we deserved. We highly recommend Mr. Berenson." Please contact us to learn more about how we can assist you.  

With people staying home and driving less, you would hope that an unexpected benefit of the terrible pandemic is that car accidents decreased. They have -- but not as much as you would have expected. That's because drunk and reckless drivers never take a break. They even seem to be out in even greater numbers, possibly now that the roads are emptier and they can drive faster. Vehicle crashes are 100% preventable. If drivers followed basic traffic laws, they wouldn't happen and people wouldn't be rushed to ERs. But just in the last few days, the media has reported on a number of fatal wrecks all over the DFW area.

1. Mesquite

Early Friday morning: a drunk driver took the lives of his two passengers. Abraham Gutierrez was speeding when he crashed into the vehicle in front of him, causing both to flip upside down. The other driver was seriously injured and was rushed to a hospital. Gutierrez was arrested on two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one of intoxication assault. We hope he is sentenced to a long prison term, if for no other reason to send a message to other intoxicated drivers so they stay home and drink.

2. Dallas

Thursday evening: a hit-and-run killed a 61-year-old Dallas woman. De'Adrian King was speeding in the left lane of I-35 near Riverfront Boulevard, lost control, and crashed into the car driven by Angela Davis. Her car flew over the barrier and horrifically fell 30 feet. King ran away but eventually returned to the scene where he was arrested. "Dee" Davis was the daughter of Priscilla Davis, who was shot by millionaire Cullen Davis. He went to trial three times for the murder of several people and the attempted murder of Priscilla in the most sensational murder trials in the history of Fort Worth.

3. Arlington

Monday morning: a Mansfield woman tragically died in an Arlington crash. Mary Pe, who was 82-years-old, was the passenger in a Toyota Camry. Her driver disregarded the red light and hit a Jeep at the intersection of U.S. Highway 287 at Sublett Road, according to an Arlington Police Department release.

Other recent deadly crashes here

We wrote about other wrecks. There have been far too many others in our North Texas area. These have to stop. Latest hit-and-run in DFW heartbreaking Fort Worth woman killed after truck crashes into hotel Burleson drunk driving crash takes life of woman We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. Berenson Injury Law has represented the victims and families in far too many of these cases over the past 40 years. Until they stop, all you can do is hope you are not involved in one. If you unfortunately are, you should talk to a good personal injury lawyer who can explain how the complicated legal, insurance, and medical worlds and get the justice you deserve.

DWI-caused collisions

Every year Texas is on the top of the list for drunk driving deaths. In 2018, 3,639 people tragically lost their lives in these collisions in the Lone Star State. North Texas is at the epicenter of the driving while intoxicated crisis. Dallas County has almost the highest number of DWI crashes in Texas, not far behind Harris County (Houston) with its much greater population. Almost 500 drunk driving crashes happened in Tarrant and Dallas Counties last year. We have seen how these crashes are deadly or cause serious, permanent injuries and tremendous pain. That is because they are often high-speed and even head-on collisions where the drunk driver is often barreling down the road in an enormous pickup truck.

Hit-and-run crashes

These can be problematic. Usually the at-fault driver has liability insurance and we are able to force his or her insurance company to pay our clients for their damages. But when the driver hits-and-runs, it can obviously be difficult to find them. We pursue them by talking to the police and eyewitnesses. We hunt for surveillance video and employ computer data bases and use other information to find them. We also file a claim on or sue uninsured motorist, health, and other insurance companies.

Road rage wrecks 

A recent study show that 80% of drivers had exhibited extreme rage in the past year. This often escalates into violence. Road rage includes the following:
  • Cutting off, blocking, and tailgating another driver;
  • Yelling at, making obscene gestures and honking the horn;
  • Hitting another vehicle; and
  • Getting out of their vehicle to confront another driver.

Available damages

If you or someone you love are crashed into, you may be wondering who will pay your bills and how much money you can recover. That is a complicated question that can't be answered in a short blog, but generally you can get paid for the following damages:
  1. Medical bills and funeral expenses;
  2. Lost wages and benefits and damage to your earning capacity;
  3. Physical pain and emotional suffering;
  4. Scars;
  5. Disability;
  6. Impairment; and
  7. Punitive damages (on rare occasions)

Action we must take

We must figure out ways to end -- or at least curtail -- these five deadly behaviors that are just getting worse on our North Texas streets and highways:
  • Speeding;
  • Drunk and drugged driving;
  • Road raging;
  • Use of cell phones; and
  • Red-light running
Every day for the past 20 years, at least one person has died on Texas roads. And six Texas cities rank in the top 13 in the U.S. for the most traffic fatalities. The list is headed by Dallas. Funeral Mr. Berenson has advocated for stronger laws and increased law enforcement for many years. He serves on the advisory board of directors for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in North Texas and highway safety committees to try to make our roads safer. He has recovered damages for families and victims for over 40 years who were injured or died due to intoxicated, reckless, and negligent drivers. He only accepts collision cases. Car wrecks may not seem quite as important now due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, but at least the virus can be avoided with social distancing and masks. These collisions can't be avoided if you are driving down the road and a drunk or reckless motorist crashes into you.

Have you been injured in a car accident in North Texas? You should contact Berenson Injury Law today.

To learn the best way to proceed, please contact our Fort Worth personal injury lawyer by calling 817-885-8000 (toll-free at 1-885-801-8585 or by clicking on this link to schedule a free consultation. We will answer all of your questions and give you immediate solutions so that you can receive the compensation you deserve. Related posts: Representing family in fatal DWI crash Texas road rage: Wild West on wheels? Fatal car crashes by red light running at all time high
 

Late Saturday night a man struck an Alvarado woman with his vehicle in the 3300 block of Interstate 35 in Burleson.  She tragically suffered fatal injuries. The driver failed field sobriety tests and was charged with intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle, according to news sources. We offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim and hope that the driver gets the maximum punishment allowed by Texas law.

Fatal Driving While Intoxicated Crashes in North Texas are a serious problem

A shocking 10,000 Texans lost their lives in DWI collisions in Texas from 2010 to 2017. This number increases each year. About 100 of the victims each year live in the DFW area.
North Texas is at the epicenter of the driving while intoxicated epidemic. Dallas County has almost the highest number of DWI crashes in Texas, not far behind Harris County (Houston) with its much greater population. This has to stop. And Saturday night's tragedy happened near the site of the notorious "Affluenza Teen" crash in 2013 that took the lives of four people and horrifically paralyzed a young man whom this firm represented. We understand that due to the ruinous pandemic and then the wave of protests against our country's sinister racial injustice, DWIs probably seem insignificant by comparison. But we cannot afford to overlook them. Take a look at these horrible statistics and information from the worthwhile organization that combats this deadly problem, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, to learn more about this deadly problem that is entirely preventable.

We can help you

Berenson Injury Law has handled many wrongful death and driving while intoxicated collision cases over the past 40 years.
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Drinking and DrivingMemorial Day is the most dangerous weekend of the year

Yesterday marked Memorial Day when we honored those who died on battlefields to give us our precious freedom. But there is little remembrance of those who lose their lives on roads every day due to drunk or reckless drivers. These victims need to be remembered. And the drunk and reckless drivers need to be stopped. Here were just a few of the weekend's crashes in the DFW area:
  • Saturday night: a one-year-old girl died when a SUV driven by a drunk 19-year-old crashed into her family's Mustang in Garland. The drunk driver was being chased by police. He was driving erratically in and out of traffic at speeds up to 100 mph when ran a red light. Then he and his apparent girlfriend ran from the scene.  The child's father, mother, and brother were seriously injured. Here is the accused drunk driver and his passenger.
  • Sunday afternoon: two sisters, ages 18 and 17, died in an horrific collision when their mother lost control of their SUV and hit a bridge support south of Fort Worth. It is not known what caused the collision. And their grieving mother is in critical condition at a local hospital. The older daughter was just about to graduate from Alvarado High School.
  • Early Monday: a 23-year-old man pictured who was DWI and who had a previous DWI ran a red light in West Dallas. He rammed his car into a car going through an intersection. That driver and two young women tragically died. Another woman suffered serious injuries and a teenage boy was also hurt.
  • Early Tuesday: a man got into a fight outside of a Seventh Street bar in Fort Worth. He got in his truck and drove it into a crowd. The drunk hit a woman and fractured her jaw. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with serious bodily injury.
That's horrific, six lives taken away just like that and others seriously injured. We send our prayers and healing wishes to the victims and their families. This holiday also serves as the unofficial start to summer and brings out a lot of drunk drivers. Each year, an average of about 400 Americans die on our country's highways and roads over the three-day weekend and DWIs are the #1 reason.

Quarantine has not stopped bad drivers

Our roads have less traffic than in decades. You might assume that with less drivers, there would be less car wrecks. But there is never a holiday on drunk drivers, aggressive drivers, and red light runners. And the quarantine seems to have emboldened some people to go even faster than ever. According to the latest statistics, the fatality rate per mile driven increased by a whopping 14% from last year. Law enforcement officials have reported that they have issued speeding tickets for drivers going 150 mph and many are not at all apologetic.

The latest way to get hurt driving in Dallas

Dallas police have already issued hundreds of citations for deadly street racing this year. There are organized events where people drive in from other states to participate. This epidemic began several months ago and was captured here. Last week in Fort Worth, just down University Drive from our offices, a racer was killed and his fellow racer was critically injured. Several other men have lost their lives, including a driver run off the road and another man thrown off of a racing truck in Dallas. Street racing has led to a sharp rise in drug dealing, illegal gun possession, and stolen vehicles, not to mention mayhem and death. The Dallas City Council is considering increasing penalties for street racing. We hope they do.

He was doing what?!

Finally it was reported that the Utah Highway Patrol recently pulled over a swerving SUV on the interstate. The officer could not believe it when he walked up to the driver and found a 5-year-old behind the wheel. The kindergartner had already driven three miles from his home. He could barely reach the pedals, let alone see out of the windows, although he was a large boy. That is frightening, right? How did this happen? The boy said that he had gotten into a fight with his mother when she would not buy him a Lamborghini. He grabbed the keys and took off for California to buy one. Chalk this up to the strange toll the pandemic is taking on our bored children. Maybe he was headed to this dealership in LA. Or he could have drove to the one in Dallas. In his dreams.

We can help you

Berenson Injury Law specializes in car, truck, and 18-wheeler crashes. For the last 40 years, we have successfully represented many families seeking damages for their loved ones in wrongful death cases. We have also helped thousands of innocent drivers who were injured by reckless and intoxicated drivers. We have written hundreds of articles on our blogs that can help you if you have been injured and need some guidance. And we are available to discuss your case on the phone or remotely by video. We have not missed one day helping injured drivers and their families since this horrible pandemic began. If we can help you, please contact us here.  

You need to be extra careful on the roads starting today

We are all glad that Governor Abbott has relaxed the quarantine and that many people are returning to jobs, stores, and restaurants. But we Texans have not driven much for the past few months, are antsy, and maybe even a little rusty. There were many more vehicles on the road this morning as Mr. Berenson drove to the office and saw many vehicles driving way too fast -- almost like they wanted to be on the track of the Texas Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, we can unfortunately expect an increase in car and truck wrecks in the coming weeks. Statistics from Austin were just revealed that show that serious injuries from vehicle crashes actually increased during the last two months when driving was curtailed. So we wanted to give you ways to keep safe while driving to prevent you from being the victim of a Fort Worth car accident.

Drinking and DrivingSeveral weeks ago, three teenagers tragically died when their speeding car crashed in Plano at 4:00 a.m. We all suspected that this was just another Texas drunk driving accident. After all, we are always #1 in the country for the number of DWI fatalities, with 820 Texans losing their lives in 2018. It was shocking that an investigation found that an employee of a nearby barbecue restaurant was responsible for selling alcohol to the minors. While the employee faces criminal charges of up to one year in jail, you may be wondering (1) how the civil aspect of a DWI crash case works; and (2) what damages are available to the families of the young men, if any.

What happens if you are involved in a Texas drunk driving accident?

While this crash was unusual due to the involvement of the restaurant employee, there are several options for the families from a civil court perspective. To recover their damages, they could file claims or lawsuits for one or all of the following:
  • wrongful death and survival damages for their sons. More information is here.
  • negligence against the estate of the driver if the other two sets of parents could prove that his drunken driving was the sole cause of the wreck. They must also show that their sons were not also negligent when they joined in on the intake of alcohol.
  • violations of Texas liquor law by the restaurant for allowing its employee to sell alcohol to the minors.
The available insurance proceeds for the first two options will be limited, if paid at all. Most drivers in Texas carry the required amount of $30,000.00 any one person's injuries and $60,000.00 for all people who are injured in a crash. The focus of this post is on this last option since there will be a commercial insurance policy with substantially higher limits.

What is the Texas Dram Shop Act?

Texas and almost every other state provide a remedy for the victims of drunk driving accidents. They (and their survivors) can sometimes sue the restaurants, bars, and retail establishments that served or sold the alcohol that caused the Texas drunk driving accident. The so-called Texas Dram law originated in England 200 years ago when a "dram" was similar to what we call a shot. Governments recognized that the control of the sale of alcohol is required to insure public safety and realized that the best place to regulate its use is through its distributors. The Texas Alcohol Beverage Code says that a licensed provider cannot sell, furnish or make alcohol available to someone who is so obviously intoxicated that he presents a danger to himself and others. In this case, if the young men had met that definition, the restaurant employee incurred liability for her business if she broke the law. Learning about the restaurant's hiring, training, and supervision of its employees regarding the sale of alcohol is essential. The usual scenario is when the bartender continues to pour drinks for a customer who is falling out of his bar chair. That's because they are likely to drive home and cause a drunk driving accident - and when the drunk has little or no liability insurance, the victim has no way to pay their medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. We specialize in car and truck wrecks we have handled a lot of these DWI collision cases over the past 40 years. Of course, the alcohol provider must also obtain proof that the customer is 21 years or older, which these teenagers weren't.

What should you do if you have been in a drunk driving accident?

Winning these dram shop cases is not easy. Insurance company lawyers know the tricks they can use to beat liability arguments. For example, the plaintiff's lawyer must prove that the bar over- served the customer. There is no way to calculate that just by the number of drinks served, if that can be proved. Further, the liquor establishment must be proved to have known or that it should have known the customer was intoxicated. That is obviously difficult, since warning signs are not always present. It's not like taking your temperature. And some people hold their liquor better than others. There are other defenses they can use. Bars send their servers and bartenders to classes or have training in-house. They are taught to discourage their customers from over-drinking and to consume nonalcoholic beverages. Finally, they can promote the use of Ubers and cab rides as well as "designated drivers." These defenses are called "safe harbors" and can present serious challenges to the successful prosecution of one of these lawsuits. Even if the injury lawyer can prove over-serving with expert testimony, after obtaining receipts and eyewitness, video evidence and medical records showing blood alcohol levels and weight, he or she must also prove that the only reason the collision happened was the alcohol that was provided by the bar, not by another bar or the customer themselves. We have seen cases when the customer got even more drunk after he left bar #1 to go to bar #2, a friend's house, or just sat in their vehicle and drank from a bottle. The use of illegal drugs and other substances, other drivers, and other factors further complicates the picture. Note that two types of these dram shop cases can be filed, a first party case when the injured, intoxicated person sues the alcohol establishment and more commonly when the injured, innocent victim of the drunk driver files suit. More information about dram shop act cases and DWIs can be found here: Dram shop trial starts today: Did bar cause death of Dallas Cowboy? Fort Worth DWI collision results in $225,000 recovery

We can help you

Car accident lawyer Bill Berenson has advocated for many years on behalf of the victims of drunk driving accidents. He has a long history of supporting Mothers Against Drunk Driving and has served on its North Texas Board of Directors for several years. If you need help with a drunk driving crash or any collision you have been involved with, please call us at 817-885-8000 or click here. We are here to help you get the compensation that you deserve.

New Year, same old results on our roads

New Year's Eve, the holiday devoted to getting drunk, took its usual deadly toll in North Texas. Here are reports about the holiday's DWI deaths in DFW and a related story about the poster child of drunk driving in North Texas - if not the country. These add to our dismal December drunk driving crashes.

Ethan Couch, who caused four DWI deaths in DFW and permanent paralysis to another teenager, is jailed

The day after New Year's Eve, the "affluenza teen" was arrested for violating his parole - again. This story makes us angry since our firm has been involved with this catastrophe from its beginning. Couch got drunk and stoned at a party at his house in 2013. At midnight, he gathered the party-goers into his father's F-350 huge dually. Couch's blood alcohol content was a whopping .24% - three times the legal limit if he were 21. He had just turned 16 and had already been busted for possessing alcohol when he was 15. Couch accelerated to 70 mph on a narrow street and crashed this massive truck into three bystanders. These Good Samaritans had generously come to help a woman with car trouble. All four tragically perished. The remains of the truck are shown above. He also catastrophically injured our firm's young client who remains paralyzed almost seven years later. Mr Berenson filed a lawsuit and successfully resolved the case. Couch was released in 2018 and ordered to wear a drug patch which apparently detected marijuana in his system. His attorneys have contested that finding. He could possibly be sentenced to serve through 2024. The families of the victims would see a small measure of justice in this ongoing saga.

Fort Worth wreck kills woman and injures three

On New Year's Eve at 11:00 p.m. a 20-year-old woman from Burleson was driving on Interstate 30. She may have been run off the road by a speeding pickup truck. She lost control of her vehicle on Interstate 30 as she was exiting at Montgomery Avenue near our office. The woman crashed into a huge metal exit sign pole where she died upon impact. Her three passengers were rushed to area hospitals. Two sustained critical injuries.

30 minutes later, another Fort Worth crash takes lives of two

At 11:30 p.m. a pickup truck was driving southbound not far away on McCart Avenue. It sped up to pass a car and crossed over into oncoming traffic. The driver crashed into another vehicle head-on at the intersection at Bilglade Road and rolled over. The driver died. The other vehicle almost ran into a house and that driver also perished.

Lewisville was also the site of a deadly crash

And up the road at 3:45 a.m., an intoxicated woman on S.H. 121 at Interstate 35 crashed her SUV into a smaller car. It was driven by a young man who had a female passenger. The young passenger lost her life and the man remains hospitalized with serious injuries. The drunk driver was arrested for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. And the number of DWI deaths in DFW and serious injuries rose.

DWIs are a huge problem in North Texas

Over the course of a few hours, there were three DWI deaths in DFW. And these are just a few of the crashes that happened New Year's Eve and Day - and every day and night of the year. We have a never-ending number of driving while intoxicated collisions. Almost 100 die each year in North Texas as a result of over 5,000 driving while intoxicated wrecks. If you are not concerned, you should be. Take a look at these frightening statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Take action. Support MADD. At the risk of sounding prudish, we need to end our society's glorification of and obsession with alcohol. No, we do not need drunk yoga. Or more bars that over serve their customers.

We can help you

Mr. Berenson has been involved with MADD since 2013 when the Couch case angered him and he wanted to help stop DWIs. He is beginning his third year on its advisory board of directors in North Texas. As a personal injury lawyer, he sees the carnage and goes after drunk drivers with a passion. However the epidemic of driving while intoxicated rages on in Texas. Berenson Injury Law handles many of these cases. We most recently filing suit on behalf of the widow of a man killed by a drunk driver several weeks ago in Fort Worth. If you have been injured in a driving while intoxicated crash or any vehicle collision, please click here or call us at 1-888-801-8585. For more on this topic: What are my rights if I am hit by a drunk driver? Drunk driving accidents FAQs  

Our firm is filing suit on behalf of the family of a man who tragically lost his life when he was crashed into by a repeat-drunk driver. The decedent was going to work when a pickup truck rear ended his vehicle at an extremely fast speed. The drunk driver fled the scene but police helicopters located him and he was arrested for intoxication manslaughter. He has a long criminal history and we believe should be given a lengthy jail sentence. Innocent people should not pay with their lives when people choose to drive while intoxicated. We will also attempt to recover damages from the bar or retailer that over served or sold the drunk driver the alcohol that caused this preventable death. We have handled many DWI crash cases. We look forward to getting the family the justice they deserve.  

We are all busy enjoying the holidays -- some people too much. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road in Texas. With all the Christmas parties and football games, driving while intoxicated collisions increase. Too many people decide to get too drunk, drive too recklessly, and cause too many car crashes.

Latest driving while intoxicated collisions

Consider these heart-breaking stories from the past few days:
  • Today -- a man who was driving his BMW the wrong way on Loop 820 West in Fort Worth was sentenced to 20 years in jail for intoxication manslaughter. This is the maximum sentence under the Texas Penal Code, Section 49.08. The drunk crashed head-on into the car of Moses Elizondo, a kind 21-year-old who was working late to make money to go back to college.
  • Yesterday morning at 10:30 a.m. -- a drunk driver in Dallas veered off Avondale Avenue near Turtle Creek Boulevard in Dallas. He killed a 72 year-old-woman who was getting a little exercise walking on a raised sidewalk.  The driver of the black Audi was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He had a prior DWI conviction in nearby Uptown a few years ago and made no attempt to help the woman he struck. This crash should be the poster child for why we must do more to crack down on DWIs.
  • Yesterday about 2:30 a.m.  -- someone drove the wrong way on the Dallas North Tollway near Forest Lane and hit another vehicle.  Fortunately only the wrong-way driver was injured. Often these are high-speed crashes that seriously injure or take the lives of one or multiple people.
  • Last week --a wrong-way driver crashed into other vehicles at 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 30 near Riverside Drive in Fort Worth. That driver died and another motorist was injured.
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