Texas Drunk Driving Accidents Have Increased Since 2020
- posted: Aug. 08, 2022
Drunk driving accounts for hundreds of deaths on Texas roads every year. Unfortunately, the problem has only gotten worse. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that DUI deaths related to alcohol increased nine percent from 2020 to 2021.
Alcohol cam impair a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle even if the driver is technically still under the legal limit. Under Texas statute, a driver is intoxicated regardless of blood alcohol level if he or she does not have “the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance […] or any other substance into the body.” Impairment is assumed if the driver has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more.
No legal compensation can put you back in the position you were in before the accident. However, there are a number of categories of damages that are available to help. Your attorney will consider making claims for:
- Medical bills — Even if you have good health insurance coverage, care after a car accident can hit your pocket hard. Your responsibility for payment for ambulance services, emergency room treatment, surgery, hospital stays and rehabilitation may all be significant. This is even more true with high-deductible plans. A claim for medical bills will ask that the defendant be ordered to repay you for every cent expended for medical care.
- Incidental out-of-pocket expenses — Today, driving expenses are higher than ever, which means that getting to and from doctor’s appointments and parking nearby can become a burden. This is especially true if you need to travel outside of your area for specialty care. These expenses are recoverable in a lawsuit against the drunk driver.
- Lost income — If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be out of work for a significant amount of time.
- Pain and suffering — As a victim of a drunk driver, you’ve suffered both physical pain and mental anguish. You are entitled to compensation from the drunk driver for your pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages — In some cases involving a drunk driver, punitive damages are available. The purpose of punitive damages is not to compensate the victim for their injuries, but solely to punish the negligent party. Punitive damages are intended to have the effect of making people think twice before getting behind the wheel after they have been drinking.
At the Leland Reinhard Law Firm, I have been representing people injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers for over 30 years. Call me at 817-645-5400 or contact me online to schedule a consultation either at my office in Cleburne or in your hospital room or home.