Serious personal injury and collision at Austin’s SXSW — at least two deaths and dozens injured.
Last night, a driver attempting to evade a drunk driving stop blew past a barricade on Red River Street and plowed through dozens of SXSW revelers killing two and causing serious personal injuries to twenty-three others, according local media reports. Four others remain in critical condition.
Red River, home to many popular clubs hosting SX music showcases, had been closed to motorists and was crowded with music fans waiting to get into the Mohawk nightclub.
Austin is a dangerous city for pedestrians. We here at Austin Injury Law Answers and the Barry Law Group have about the risk of personal injury accidents for pedestrians before (see previous posts here). And, with South by Southwest in town this week, an event intended to generate lots of good times and great music, you need to be cautious about potential drunk drivers on the roads.
Here are a few ways you can avoid being caught in an awful tragedy like the one last night.
Check for street closures and barricades. Many streets downtown will be closed this week for festival goers. If you plan on driving downtown, look up which streets will be closed before you leave your house. Check out http://www.austintexas.gov/eventmap for a map of the anticipated street closures for the event.
Watch for erratic drivers. This is a good rule any time you’re downtown, but it’s especially important during SXSW.
Think about taking the Austin Capital Metro bus or Metro Rail. Capital Metro will have bus service to provide good coverage for most of the music venues, and if you’re staying in Northwest Austin, the Metro Rail will drop you off in front of the Austin Convention Center. SXSW also offers an event shuttle that goes between most of SXSW hotels downtown.
For more information on the shuttle, visit http://sxsw.com/hotels/shuttles.
If you’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence or have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, contact the Barry Law Group (bookmark for future reference). The Barry Law Group has over twenty years of experience in representing victims and the families of victims of drunk drivers.
The lawyers at the Barry Law Group have been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers as the top trial lawyers in Texas.