Angel Zuniga a 24-year-old resident of Arlington and Juan Rodriguez a 24-year-old resident of Grand Prairie both died on Sunday October 24 in a one-car accident in downtown Fort Worth Texas. The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Macon Street near Fire Station No. 2. Zuniga and Rodriguez were passengers in a vehicle that was heading southbound on Macon at a high speed. The vehicle veered off the road struck a curb then hit a tree. Fort Worth police said that Rodriguez was in the front-seat and Zuniga was in the back. The driver was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
While this accident scene is likely still being investigated there may be many reasons for it. It may have been an instance of brake failure in which the manufacturer of the brakes would be liable for the accident. There may have been some kind of altercation or movement within the car that could have led to the wreck. There may have been another vehicle or entity that was somehow involved that was not reported on. If alcohol played a role there is a section of Texas law known as dram shop law that holds an alcohol-serving establishment responsible for drunk driving accidents. A bar or restaurant can hold liability for an accident if they can be proven to have been negligent in their care of their patron and of the public safety. If a bartender overserves a patron to the point where they exceed the Texas legal limit of .08% they could be held liable for that patrons negligent actions causing injury or loss. Additionally if the alcohol-serving establishment knowingly allowed a drunk driver to leave their premises they could also be held liable for any ensuing accidents. Often in order to properly assess the accident scene an independent investigation must be made so that all liable parties are identified and held accountable for their negligent behavior leading up to or causing this fatal accident.
- Fort Worth wrongful death attorney Michael Grossman