Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2012 – Kids are not supposed to die before their parents. This drunk driving case caused two families major heartbreak.
“There were five teens in the car involved in a rollover crash on the highway. Two died. The other three were seriously injured, including the drunk driver. The cause of the accident? Drunk driving, lack of judgment, inexperience and inattention. Two 15-year old teens lost their lives as a result of the driver being under the influence,” said Bobby Lee, a personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas.
One of the dead teens was about to graduate from school, and the other was about to start her freshman year. Their hopes and dreams were gone, snuffed out by a twisted pile of metal on the highway. No one understands why the teens chose to ride with a drunk driver, but many suspect peer pressure was at play. No matter what the reasons were to hop into the car, the outcome was about as grim as it gets, leaving two families in deep shock.
None of the grieving parents knew who the 17-year-old drunk driver was. They only heard later he had survived the carnage and was in hospital. Word spread fast in the teen’s community, with the message that drinking and driving kills. When someone the community knows is killed because of a drunk driver, the message hits home – hard.
“Will the parents file wrongful death lawsuits? It is likely they will. There is a message here that needs to get out, and that message is do not drink and drive, and do not ride with a drunk driver, whether they are a friend or not. These are tough lessons and often taking a case to court makes an example of the defendant. It is not about money for the family. It is about justice and wanting others to know what they suffered. The loss is so horrific, they would not want someone else to go through the same thing they did, because of a drunk,” Lee suggested.
The bottom line is there needs to be more awareness. “Yes, even more awareness than already exists. The families affected by such a grievous loss are the ones that carry that message with the most impact. They have been there and done that. No one else should face what they did. Wrongful death lawsuits often make that point for the family, and if you have been in a situation like this, we need to talk,” said Lee.
Lee, Gober and Reyna
11824 Jollyville Road, Suite 302
Austin, Texas 78759
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