San Marcos — Police Officer Loses Leg After Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver on Interstate 35
Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 8:33 pm by Williams Hart
At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, a San Marcos police officer lost her leg in a suspected drunken auto-pedestrian accident that occurred in San Marcos, Texas.
According to initial reports, Officer Claudia Cormier was on Interstate 35, near the McCarty Overpass, when she was struck by a vehicle driven by 59-year-old Neil Sheehan. Cormier suffered multiple injuries, including her leg, and she was then brought to a nearby hospital where she underwent an emergency surgery to remove her leg. She still has several surgeries ahead of her, but it is reported that Cormier is recovering.
Sheehan is facing charges of intoxication assault on a public servant and failure to slow, causing serious bodily injury.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to Claudia Cormier. Alas, she is not the only one who is affected by a car accident. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
There are three common causes of car accidents, and these are speeding, driving while distracted, and DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol). DUI, in particular, is quite appalling. The NHTSA reports that about 28 people die every day because of drunken driving crashes, and in 2010, 10,228 people died in DUI accidents while about 345,000 were injured. All these numbers paint a terrible picture indeed.
Car accidents are reported to be deadly for pedestrians particularly. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates that the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. is 6,000 in 2017. This is a 27% increase from 2007 to 2016, and it is said that the number in 2017 is a 25-year high.
Additionally, there are five states that had the most number of pedestrian fatalities in 2017, and these are California, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas. These states accounted for about 43% of pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017 despite the fact that they are home to only 30% of the U.S. population. The GHSA also claims that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to this kind of accident.
Car accidents, especially the auto-pedestrian and DUI ones, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/auto-pedestrian accidents/DUI accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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