It’s been over one year since the devastating bus accident crash that killed 13 people in Uvalde, Texas, and although there is nothing that can bring back the victims, their families will at least see justice. The twenty-year-old intoxicated driver that collided with the bus has pled no contest to 13 counts of intoxicated manslaughter and will face a sentencing hearing in November.
The bus was full of senior members of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels heading back home from a church retreat on March 29, 2017. The bus was traveling on Highway 83 just north of Uvalde when Jack Dillon Young’s pickup truck drifted across the center line of the highway and collided with the bus. Young admitted that at the time of the accident, he was on prescription medication that lists drowsiness as one of its side effects. In addition to the medication, Young was texting and driving.
According to a witness who followed Young’s vehicle prior to the crash, Young “failed to drive in a single lane and was weaving all over the roadway, including into oncoming traffic and off the paved portion of the roadway.” This witness followed Young for nearly fifteen minutes prior to the crash, and Young continually failed “to drive in a single lane” during that time. Young hit the bus full of parishioners head on, killing the driver and 12 passengers. Only one passenger survived the crash. Young is scheduled for sentencing on November 7th and his sentence could be between two and 270 years in prison.
Risky Driving Behaviors Put Everyone At Risk
It’s no secret distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause car accidents, and yet people engage in these dangerous behaviors everyday. People engage in these activities without thinking about how they could impact others. While individuals may accept the risk they pose to themselves by engaging in dangerous driving behaviors, they have no right to impose that risk on other motorists.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact Liggett Law Group today. We fiercely advocate for our clients so they can obtain the compensation they need to recover from their injuries. Call us today to schedule a no obligation, free consultation.