Drunk Driver Accident
Car manufacturers and state legislatures have worked hard to attempt to curb the number of car accidents which plague the state each year. While the number of car accidents has decreased over the last few decades, the number of drunk driving accidents remains constant, despite being easily preventable. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by drunk driving, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Texas Drunk Driving Accidents
In 2014, approximately 1,000 people were killed in accidents caused by drunk driving in Texas alone. This number represents nearly 30% of the total number of people killed in car accidents throughout the state in 2014. The majority of drunk driving accidents occur between 2:00 am and 2:30am, and often occur on Saturday. Law enforcement are well aware of this trend and are often out in full force to apprehend potential drunk drivers, especially on “no-refusal” weekends. However, law enforcement unfortunately cannot prevent every accident, and accidents will continue to occur as long as irresponsible drivers take to the roads while intoxicated. The number of drunk driving accidents decreased tremendously nationwide from the height of the 1980s, but still remains a terrible problem for drivers throughout the country.
Drunk Driving Accident Recovery
As the victim of a drunk driving accident, you are entitled to bring a claim for your injuries. Drunk driving accidents unfortunately are some of the most severe accidents and can cause traumatic injuries to victims of the accident. These injuries have the potential to drastically impact your daily life and may even require a complete lifestyle change. As a result, the victim of such an accident can bring the following claims for damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in calculating the amount of damages you are entitled to receive after your accident. It is important that you contact an attorney prior to speaking with the negligent party’s insurance company. Conversations or settlements with the insurance company could potentially lead to a reduction in the potential amount of your recovery.
Drunk driving accidents will often have police reports which should be included along with your claim, as well as the identity of any witnesses. A personal injury attorney will be able to further assist you in the preparation of your claim, taking into account any witness statements from the scene of the accident.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by drunk driving, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients with their injury claims against drunk drivers and understands the pain which can occur after such an accident. You should not be forced to carry the emotional and physical burdens of your injuries due to an accident which you did not cause. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.