A Houston police officer was injured in the early morning of December 28, 2018, by a drunk driver. The officer was in uniform and driving his police motorcycle to escort a wide load through the city overnight when a drunk driver hit him. The driver was unaware she had hit him the first time and nearly ran him over twice.
The police officer suffered multiple injuries. He has hired our firm to help him hold the drunk driver accountable for their actions. We are investigating this incident to determine several things:
- Where the drunk driver purchased and consumed the alcohol
- If the drunk driver has a history of driving under the influence
- If, as a result of this incident, there was a violation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code by a store, bar, restaurant, or event space.
Houston is the deadliest region for drivers in the country
This is not the first drunk driving incident involving a Houston police officer this week. The epidemic of drunk driving in Houston has reached new heights. And the Harris County District Attorney’s office told the Houston Chronicle this morning that they are “dreading a long and bloody weekend.” This weekend will be a four-day holiday for many people, greatly increasing the chance that people will drive drunk or under the influence.
Houston is the deadliest region for drivers in the country. The Vehicular Crimes Division Chief for the Houston Police Department, Sean Teare, told reporters that, “This is an unbelievable crisis we are facing. We lead the nation, year-in, year-out in fatalities on our roadways, specifically attributable to DWI. We’re not anywhere near the size of Los Angeles or New York, and we’re not as big as Chicago – and we blow them away ever year. It’s inexplicable.”
Increased law enforcement presence in Harris County over New Year’s weekend increases police officers’ risk of injury
The long weekend means that every law enforcement agency in Harris County is upping the number of officers on the streets to help nab intoxicated drivers. Having more officers on the streets this weekend is in and of itself a deterrent. But it also increases the chances that the police officers will be harmed by drunk drivers.
When police officers are harmed by drunk drivers and unable to work, they can focus on getting better knowing they are not alone. Our firm has a history of helping police officers injured in wrecks caused by drunk drivers. We are currently representing Officer Chayne Brothers in his million dollar lawsuit against a drunk driver and the bar that overserved him, Bombshells.
We help police officers injured by drunk drivers
While police officers are generally covered by worker’s compensation when they get hurt on the job, the worker’s comp system can’t get justice or just compensation. That’s where we come in. We have filed injury lawsuits against drunk drivers, lawsuits against bars and restaurants if they overserved the drunk driver, and lawsuits against people responsible for allowing the drunk person to get behind the wheel.
Holding these people and places accountable for injuring you or your loved one can be an important psychological and physical step toward getting your life back to normal. If you have been injured by a drunk driver while on duty as a police officer or first responder, we can help. Call us at 877-724-7800 or fill out a contact form for a free and confidential case review.