Dallas DUI Attorneys

When drunk drivers get behind the wheel of an automobile, they pose a threat to themselves and everyone else on the road. In 2014, 29 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in Texas involved drunk drivers. The fatal choice to drive after drinking ends tragically for so many Texans — and the need for safety has never been greater.

At Guajardo & Marks, our DUI attorneys have represented many victims and their families who had to suffer because of the poor decisions made by impaired drivers, and we’ve seen the devastating effects these accidents have on our clients. They face serious injuries, lifelong medical treatment, loss of income, loss of work capacity, intense pain and incredible suffering.

Dallas Drunk Driving Statistics – Texas Among the Worst in the Country

In recent years, Texas has had more drunk driving accidents than any other state in the nation and Dallas had the third most drunk driving fatalities in TX. There is no doubt that alcohol-related crashes in Dallas County constitute a public health crisis, putting millions of drivers at risk every day. A map of all alcohol-related wrecks in Dallas, TX (2016) illustrates that no corner of our communities are immune from the dangers of drunk drivers.

  • In 2016, there were 765 accident injuries and 84 fatalities in drunk driving accidents in Dallas County.
  • The time of the day with the most DUI-related accidents is typically between 2:00a.m. and 2:59a.m.
  • There are more drunk driving crashes on Saturdays than any other day of the week.

Where Do Alcohol-Related Crashes Happen Most?

Are alcohol-related accidents more likely on interstates with higher speed limits? Or, more prevalent on curvy rural roads?

Dallas: Where Drunk Driving Wrecks

When Do Most Alcohol-Related Crashes Happen?

Perhaps not surprisingly, the majority of alcohol-related accidents occur in Dallas on the weekends.

DUI crashes Dallas

Types of Injuries in Drunk Driving Accidents

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s)Over half of all accidents that lead to TBI’s involve the use of alcohol. These injuries are costly, painful, debilitating and potentially fatal.

Spinal Cord Damage – Vehicle accidents are the leading cause (36.5 percent) of spinal cord injuries in the United States. Spinal cord injury can lead to disability and paralysis, in addition to millions of dollars in medical treatment and ongoing care.

Loss of Limb/Amputations – The loss of limbs and amputations permanently alter a person’s life in many ways — intense pain, body image issues and loss of work capability and income, to name just a few. When health is not the primary cause of amputation, vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of the loss of limbs.

Organ Damage – High-impact collisions can result in major damage to the kidney and ureter, intestines, lungs, spleen, liver and many other internal organs. These dangerous and potentially life-threatening injuries can’t be always detected immediately following an accident.

Wrongful Death – When a drunk driving accident takes the life of another person, survivors can seek justice in the form of wrongful death claims. This includes compensation for medical bills, funeral costs, and loss of future income, especially if the deceased was the primary earner in the family.

Texas Penalties for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

Drivers in Texas are legally intoxicated if they have blood-alcohol content higher than 0.08 percent (0.04 percent for commercial drivers). The possible legal penalties in Texas for driving while intoxicated include fines, surcharges, court costs, community service, imprisonment, increased auto insurance and DWI education and intervention programs. Fines range up to $2,000 for first offenses, $4,000 for second offenses, and $10,000 for third offenses and DWI offenses with a child in the vehicle.

Texas Dram Shop Law

While an intoxicated driver is responsible for getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, the business or person who let a visibly intoxicated patron drive could also be held legally responsible if that person is involved in an accident. This is known as a “Dram Shop Law.” In Texas, an establishment can be held in varying degrees of liability for damages that occur as the result of an accident.

Help Put an End to Drunk Driving – DUI Accidents and Prevention in Texas

In order to reduce the occurrence of drunk drivers on our roads, we can all take a few steps to make sure our next gathering is a safe one.

  • Offer alcohol-free beverages.
  • Make sure your guests have a safe ride home.
  • Serve an ample amount of food.
  • Stop serving drinks well before the end of your party.
  • Always designate a sober driver if you’re in a group that is going out for the night.
  • Keep contact information for taxis or ride-share services for yourself or friends that might need a ride.

What To Do After A Drunk Driving Accident In Dallas

The first priority is making sure that you and your passengers are safe. Call an ambulance if someone needs immediate medical care. You should notify the police immediately following an accident so they can come to the scene and file a report. If possible, take pictures or have others take pictures of any damage or injuries. Get the information of the other driver — their name, address, phone number and insurance information. Collect the names and contact information of any witnesses. In the days and weeks that follow, keep records and notes on bills, medical treatment and the condition of your injuries. Don’t speak to or sign anything from the other driver’s insurance company following an accident, as they will not be acting in your best interest.

Seek Help from a Texas DUI Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you might be able to seek compensation for your suffering. Our Dallas DUI attorneys have helped many families secure payment for damages — including medical bills, property/automobile damage, ongoing care and physical and emotional suffering. It is important to act quickly after a vehicle accident to make sure that your case has the best possible chance of success. Contact Guajardo & Marks today for a free consultation

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