Texas leads the nation in drunk driving deaths — and it’s getting worse. In 2012 almost 1,300 Texans died in drunk driver accidents, up 7 per cent from the previous year. If someone in your family was injured or killed by a drunk driver, contact our law firm at once.
With over 40 years of experience helping injured Texans, we will fight for your legal right to financial recovery for your losses, including medical costs, funeral expenses, lost present and future earnings, loss of companionship and pain and suffering.
Though no amount of money can bring back a lost loved one, it can protect the financial future of survivors and give them some sense of justice. A drunk driving accident lawyer with our law firm can fight for those payments — and that justice — for you.
Such payments for a driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) crash can come by means of a drunk driving lawsuit.
If a loved one was severely hurt or killed in a DWI accident or DUI accident, you aren’t alone. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) says one out of every three Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic accident in their lifetime.
Each year, almost 40 per cent of America’s traffic deaths are due to drunk drivers. And since 1982, more than half a million Americans have been killed by drunk drivers. That’s more than all Americans killed by all foreign enemies in all wars since World War I.
Sadly, many drunk drivers and victims are young. They’re teen drivers. MADD says auto accidents are the No. 1 cause of teen death, and a third of them involve drunk driving, often among the 20 per cent of teens who admit to indulging in “binge drinking.”
Who can be sued for financial compensation in a drunk driving lawsuit? Our law firm’s DWI attorneys and DUI lawyers can seek payments for your family from a variety of sources.
A DUI lawsuit can target the driver who drove drunk and was arrested for intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter. This may involve legal action against the drunk driver’s insurance company, provided he or she was insured.
Also, if the drunk driver was at the wheel of a commercial vehicle for an employer, then that employer can be held liable for a drunk driving injury or death caused by that employee.
DWI lawsuits also can target those who served or sold the alcohol that made the driver intoxicated, particularly if the driver was under age drinking age (which in Texas is 21). This can be done by means of applying “dram shop” laws.
What’s more, if parents hosted an event at which teens were served alcohol, and one of those teens then caused a DWI injury or death, those parents are legally liable by means of “social hosting” laws.
Texas’ largest cities see the most drunk driving accidents. Houston, Dallas and San Antonio drunk drivers have ravaged those cities.
The Texas Department of Transportation reports the Dallas-Fort Worth area has had the highest number of drunk driving crashes and deaths. But the Houston area leads Dallas County, and San Antonio has the highest per capita rate of drunk driving.
Over 85,000 persons were arrested for drunk driving in Texas in 2011. That means they had blood alcohol content, or BAC, of 0.08 or higher, the standard set by Texas law.
Independently of BAC, a driver can be considered driving while intoxicated if he or she is impaired in any way. This can happen after downing two or three drinks in one hour, although for women and teens, just one or two drinks in an hour can produce a 0.08 BAC.
If your family was victimized by such drunk drivers, contact our law firm today for a free legal review to help you size up your chances for a successful DUI lawsuit. If you choose to proceed, we can provide you with a knowledgeable and experienced drunk driving lawyer or DWI attorney for your case — and we won’t charge you from your pocket.
That’s because Jim Adler & Associates works on a contingency fee basis, meaning we aren’t paid unless we win for you, and even then are paid just a portion of the settlement amount. It’s also unlikely your case will go to trial, since most personal injury lawsuits are resolved by out-of-court settlements.
So let us hear from you today, by using the form on this page or calling our toll-free number. Then let’s get started helping you get the payments you legally deserve after a drunk driver accident harmed someone in your family.