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Collision With 18-Wheeler Leads To DWI Arrest For Another Cowboys Player

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Less than two months after Dallas Cowboys player Jerry Brown was killed in a tragic car accident, for which fellow teammate Josh Brent has been indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter, yet another Cowboys player has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested earlier this week after crashing his Ford pickup into an 18-wheeler, incredibly on the very same highway (State Highway 114) where Brent’s car flipped and caught on fire, killing Brown, on December 8. Fortunately, neither Ratliff nor the semi-truck driver were seriously injured in the collision, although Ratliff was arrested at the scene of the accident after refusing to take a breathalyzer test. If you have been injured in a DWI accident or any other type of Texas car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, contact our experienced car accident attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help.


Despite law enforcement efforts to reduce the incidence of DUI accidents, injuries and deaths across the state, drunk driving remains a major cause of devastating collisions in Texas and throughout the United States. In 2008 alone, 1,269 people were killed in Texas car accidents where at least one driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above. In Texas, driving with a BAC of 0.08% or above constitutes the crime of driving while intoxicated (DWI), which is actually a more serious offense than driving under the influence (DUI). If Ratliff is convicted of the drunk driving offense, he could face considerable punishment, possibly including up to 180 days in county jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Josh Brent is currently free on $100,000 bond, but if he is convicted of his intoxication manslaughter offense, he faces up to twenty years in prison for the death of his teammate and friend.


Regardless of whether a Texas car accident is caused by drunk driving, driver distraction, driver fatigue, reckless driving or any other type of negligence, the consequences can be devastating for other drivers or passengers involved. If you have suffered injuries in a car accident in Texas, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal collision caused by another person’s negligence, contact our qualified lawyers at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the person or party found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue the financial compensation you deserve. With our attorneys on your side, you can protect your family from further harm and seek fair and timely reimbursement for accident-related medical bills, funeral and burial costs and other damages.