Nearly every 20 minutes, someone in Texas is injured or killed because of a car accident involving alcohol.
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, you are probably experiencing a flood of pain and emotion.
In addition to being injured, your car was likely damaged, and you may be out of work. This may have all resulted because someone was irresponsible enough to get behind the wheel after drinking.
A key thing we can tell you is this: Contacting a personal injury lawyer is one of the first steps you should take when you or a loved one is hurt or fatally injured in a drunk driving accident.
What Is The Legal Blood-Alcohol Limit In Texas?
In the state of Texas, the legal limit is .08 if you are 21 years of age or older. If you are younger than 21, the blood-alcohol limit (BAC) is .02. For commercial drivers, it is .04.
What Penalties Could Someone Face If Charged With A DWI/DUI?
Penalties for drinking and driving are dependent upon a few factors, one of the main one being, the number of times have you been charged. Some of the penalties you may face if you are arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in Texas are:
- Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license
- Fines and other charges, such as lawyer fees and court costs
- Jail time
- Community service
- Education and prevention courses
Of course, none of the above of would be considered the worst consequence of drinking and driving. That would be injuring or killing an innocent person.
How Many Drunk Driving Accidents Are Reported In Texas?
Sadly, Texas leads the nation in the number of drunk driving deaths, according to MADD. According to The Right Step, in 2016, nearly 1,000 people lost their lives due to DUI accidents. That includes 56 pedestrians and cyclists, 143 passengers driven by drunk drivers, 149 motorists not driven by drunk drivers and one other.
What Should You Do If A Drunk Driver Hits You?
A drunk driving accident can change someone’s life forever. A lawyer can be a victim or the victim’s surviving family members’ best bet at getting damages to help cover property damage costs, medical and rehabilitation bills, loss of wages, among other expenses. Why should you have to pay for someone else’s recklessness?
Sometimes monetary compensation won’t bring you the closure you desire. In addition to economic damages (mentioned above), you may be able to sue for punitive damages. Punitive damages were designed to punish the guilty party. In Texas, civil law permits drunk driving victims to sue for punitive or exemplary damages. On top of punishing the driver, you may also receive additional compensation. However, there may be caps on the recovery.
Can You Sue The Person Who Served The Alcohol?
In most cases, it is the drunk driver that is sued. However, the provider of the alcohol can also be found liable. To prove the alcohol provider, such as the host of a party or bar, is liable, the incident must fall under the parameters outlined in the Dram Shop Act.
The Dram Shop Act differs in many states, but in Texas, the patron’s level of intoxication should be apparent to the server. Secondly, the vendor, bar or social host serving the alcohol must have blatantly disregarded said level of intoxication.
Dallas personal injury lawyer, Amy VanDeLoo, has successfully negotiated several DWI/DUI cases in the State of Texas and won her clients the compensation they need and deserve.
Drunk driving accidents cannot only be catastrophic for the victim, but they can also be devastating for the family members of the victim. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a drunk driver’s selfish and negligent decision to behind the wheel, Amy VanDeLoo will stand by your side and fight. Contact the VanDeLoo Firm today at 972-200-5080 to schedule a free initial consultation.