by Dallas Car Accident Lawyer, Tim O’Hare
Texas leads the nation in traffic fatalities and distracted driving and drunk driving are the two biggest factors in fatal crashes. Anyone who drives while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be criminally prosecuted and may face jail time, fines, community service and/or could have their license suspended or revoked. If a drunk driver causes an accident, the severity of his or her sentence may be dependent on whether or not injury or death resulted from the crash.
Drunk drivers who cause injury to another individual can face intoxication assault charges, and could spend up to 10 years in prison. Drunk drivers who cause an accident in which a victim dies face intoxication manslaughter charges and could spend up to 20 years in prison. (Read more about Texas drunk driving laws and penalties here.)
Though drunk drivers may face criminal charges, those consequences do little for the victim or the victim’s family, other than ensuring another drunk driver was taken off the road. If you have lost a loved one, been injured, or your property was damaged as the result of a drunk driving accident, you have the right to be compensated for your losses.
These losses may include:
- Hospital bills
- Expense of ongoing medical care
- Repair or replacement of damaged property
- Physical and mental therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of life
If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, or have had a loved one killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, you have the right to sue the drunk driver. In Texas, under the Dram Shop Act, victims of drunk driving accidents can even sue the bar or restaurant who served the drunk driver for their losses.
Ultimately, we know that there is no monetary compensation that can ever replace the loss of a loved one, but it is important that the victim’s family does not bear the financial burden of medical and funeral costs alone.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a Drunk Driver or a Distracted Driver, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for you. We know how to handle these types of cases and will work to maximize your financial recovery. Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare.
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