The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 40,000 deaths resulted from drunk driving in 2017 and that approximately one-third of all traffic accident fatalities in 2018 involved drunk drivers. Hundreds of these traffic accidents were on Texas roadways. If you were injured in a crash to driving while impaired, a DUI lawyer could ensure you receive the treatment and compensation you deserve.
Drunk Driving Defined
Alcohol impairs muscle coordination, thinking, and reasoning, all of which are essential for safe driving. When a person drinks, the alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream then metabolized by the liver. Blood alcohol concentration is the weight of alcohol in a particular volume of blood. Although even a small amount of liquor can affect driving ability, a BAC of 0.08 is considered legally drunk in all 50 states.
Unfortunately, many people who drive while intoxicated are repeat offenders. A drunk driving accident attorney can help victims recover the cost of emergency transport to the hospital, medical expenses as well as damages, including:
- Disability or disfigurement
- Ongoing or future medical care
- Income loss
- Emotional distress
- Property damages
Texas Dram Shop Laws
The drunk driver is responsible for reckless behavior behind the wheel. However, the driver may not be the only party liable for your injuries or the death of a loved one. The business or persons that provided the alcohol or failed to prevent the individual from driving may also share responsibility for the auto accident. Third-parties that may also be liable for the crash include:
- Liquor stores
- Night clubs
- Alcohol vendors
Liability may occur when an establishment or person gives or sells alcohol to individuals already noticeably intoxicated. If the crash happened as a result of an establishment over-serving a patron, the Texas Dram Shop Act allows victims to sue for damages.
Drunk Driving Lawyer Representation
Although everyone is supposed to have insurance, if the driver who hit you is also uninsured, the situation becomes even more complicated. A DUI lawyer can ensure that you know your options when seeking compensation. Our attorneys will take steps and ensure your rights are protected, such as:
- Determining if the drunk driver was behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle
- Confirming the accident is fully documented and investigated
- Securing damages by filing a civil court motion
Drunk driving accidents often have life-altering consequences that affect not only the crash victims but also family and friends. If you or a loved one were injured in a collision with a drunk driver, contact us today. Our compassionate team of attorneys understand the legal process and fight to get the medical care and compensation you are due.
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