On Sept 18, 2020, in the early hours of the morning, an 18-wheeler rig driving northbound on I-45 flew off an overpass. It was forced off the highway after a woman driving the wrong direction crashed head-on into the truck. Footage from the Downtown Aquarium captured the cab and the charcoal-carrying trailer as it fell over the bridge and landed in the Downtown Aquarium's restaurant parking lot. The 18-wheeler was destroyed by the fall.
According to officials, the 65-year old driver of the rig experienced cuts and bruises. He was also seen wearing a neck brace at the scene of the accident prior to being transported to the hospital.
Police reported that the driver of the wrong-way car, a 56-year-old woman, stated she was on the way to the bank and then to pick up her daughter. She is facing DWI charges and, according to the police, suffered a broken leg from the accident.
In order to clear the debris and investigate the accident, the freeway was closed for many hours. The accident and debris also impacted nearby feeder roads.
Complex DWI Accident Forensics
When a DWI accident involves as many factors as this one does, it can be quite challenging to understand and reconstruct. In such cases, an individual who has forensic expertise will be able to examine the collision scene and recreate the events that led up to the accident and all of the factors involved. Factors could include components such as traffic patterns, weather, road conditions, and construction. Examining the vehicles involved is also critical: vehicle components might not have been functioning properly, which could have impacted the accident.
Police will often conduct their own investigation of the accident scene, especially if it is a complicated DWI accident. It is wise, however, if you've been involved in an alleged DWI accident or are facing DWI charges, to hire your own representative, such as a Board Certified DWI specialist. You'll want the best attorney possible. They will have an understanding of forensic science and be able to potentially utilize the complex accident forensics to fight on your behalf. DWI charges can have significant long-term effects, often referred to as collateral consequences, beyond a fine.
Board Certified DWI Specialist
If you've been charged with DWI in a complicated accident, you will want to hire an attorney who has extensive experience with DWI cases. Attorney Doug Murphy was recently named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021 by US News and World Report's Best Lawyers in America. Doug Murphy is Board Certified as a specialist in both criminal law and DWI defense. There are only two such attorneys in Texas. With his expertise, he has helped thousands throughout Houston and Texas defend against their DWI charges. Call Doug today at 713-229-8333 or contact him online with your questions and concerns.