Driving in the early morning hours is not without its risks. Late night and early morning hours typically see a lot of intoxicated drivers on the road, and motorists must remain extra vigilant to remain safe while driving during these times. Although no word was given as to whether the driver who caused a fatal accident on I-35 recently was intoxicated, he was traveling on the wrong side of the road. Now, two families are left to deal with the losses the accident caused.
Sometime late in the night of Dec. 15 or early the morning of Dec. 16, a vehicle driven by a 72-year-old man was heading the wrong direction on I-35 when it struck another vehicle driven by a 20-year-old man. The crash occurred near the 326-mile marker. Although the exact time of the accident was not recorded, news reports state that the local Justice of the Peace declared both victims deceased at the scene at 12:50 a.m. the morning of Dec. 16.
Reportedly, the 72-year-old was heading south in the northbound lanes when he struck a GMC Sierra Pickup driven by the 20-year-old. The 72-year-old was from Bryan, and the 20-year-old from Round Rock. No word was given as to why authorities believe the 72-year-old was heading in the wrong direction on the interstate, and the case remains under investigation.
Obviously, the fact that the alleged at-fault driver was traveling in the wrong direction on the road creates a strong case for driver negligence. If authorities determine the 72-year-old was also intoxicated while driving, that information can be also used as evidence in a wrongful death claim brought by the family of the 20-year-old deceased victim. Either way, those seeking justice and rightful compensation in the wake of the terrible tragedy will want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to gain a full understanding of their rights and options as they seek renumeration from the 72-year-old’s estate.