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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
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.
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.
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.
The Texas Department of Transportation tells us that there are a higher number of alcohol-related traffic crashes during football season. When you think about how important football is in Texas, it’s no surprise that people frequently enjoy watching games with their friends and family. 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.
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.
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