Woman Charged With Manslaughter In New Year’s Crash
It is something that we talk about extensively in this state, especially as the new year approaches. Whether it is on the news or on commercials, we hear constant reminders of the dangers of drinking and driving. We are asked to make sure we have a ride home after a night out. Unfortunately, that message does not get through to everyone.
In the early morning hours of New Year’s day, a woman who police say was operating while under the influence of alcohol ended up in another lane of traffic, crashing into a man in his 40’s and killing him.
Elizabeth Stratton, 35-years-old, had likely been out for the New Year, having fun like so many of the rest of us. When she made the decision to get behind the wheel, she made a decision that changed the life of so many people. After receiving treatment for minor injuries, she was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.
At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we want to help if you or a loved one have been injured by another person while driving. When you need a Dallas car accident attorney, call us today.
Number For Our State
Before we jump into the main causes of accidents, we want to give you the stats for the latest reporting year:
- 254,853 people injured in accidents
- 114,299 of those were serious injuries
- 3,721 people were killed in accidents
Until something like this happens to a person or their loved ones, they do not usually consider the total costs associated with an accident. We know the medical expenses can be tremendous. For serious injuries that can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, we can only hope that insurance companies cover the costs.
Unfortunately, they often do not cover everything and they certainly will fight against reaching a settlement that covers things like lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Insurance companies are made for profit and that usually means you do not receive the money you need.
More often than not, vehicle accidents are caused by the negligence of a driver. According to the state DOT, we know that:
- 1,024 people were killed in an accident where a driver was under the influence of alcohol.
- 449 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving.
Those are just the fatalities. Many thousands more were injured and have to live with the results and costs of those injuries each day.
What Are Your Options?
If another person’s negligence has caused you or a loved one harm on the roadways, consider seeking legal assistance. At The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we will work tirelessly when you need a Dallas car accident attorney. You need compensation for all of your accident-related expenses, not just a portion of the medical costs. We are here for you today, so let us get to work. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.