Houston Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Of all the dangerous behaviors a motorist could engage in, drunk driving is one of the riskiest. Even with the many awareness campaigns over the past several years, too many drivers still operate a vehicle under the influence every year. When they do, they cause accidents that result in very serious injuries. If you have been hurt, or have lost someone due to an impaired motorist, our Houston drunk driving accident lawyer can help you claim the compensation you need.
Determining Liability After Drunk Driving Accidents
It is natural to assume that you can hold a drunk driver liable if they cause a crash and many times, that is true. Drunk driving is not only negligent, but it is also reckless and against the law. Any time someone breaks the law and causes an accident that results in injury, they are considered negligent per se. This means that you do not have to prove they were negligent, or careless. You must only prove that the driver was impaired and that they caused an accident.
While you can hold drunk drivers liable for their actions, there may be other parties, as well. If the impaired motorist had visited a restaurant, bar, or other establishment and became impaired, you may be able to hold the business liable under Texas’ dram shop liability laws. To do this, you must prove the driver became visibly intoxicated and that the business continued to over serve them anyway.
In rare instances, you may be able to hold a government entity partly liable for the accident. For example, if an improper road design made it impossible for you and the other driver to see each other, a government entity may be partly at fault for the crash. In these situations, the driver is still held liable, as well. However, by holding multiple parties liable for your injuries, you can claim the full damages you deserve.
Common Injuries in Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk drivers often tailgate, speed, and drive recklessly, all of which can cause a serious accident. Impaired motorists also have slowed reaction times and they exhibit poor judgment. All of these behaviors can cause very serious injuries that may remain with you for weeks, months, or even years. The most common injuries after drunk driving accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Deep lacerations
- Damage to soft tissues
- Spinal cord injuries
- Damage to internal organs
- Partial or total disability
Along with the pain and suffering these injuries cause, they are also very expensive to treat. A Houston drunk driving accidents lawyer can help you recover the compensation you need to recover from them.
Contact Our Houston Drunk Driving Accidents Lawyers for a Free Consultation
A drunk driving accident can change your life forever, and you deserve compensation for any loss you have suffered. At Gilde Law Firm, our Houston drunk driving accidents lawyers understand this, and will work hard to help you obtain the full compensation you deserve. Call us today at 800-973-3106 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.