Drunk Driving and DUI/DWI Lawsuits
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has reported that drunk drivers injure more than 250,000 individuals a year. It is not difficult to experience extreme outrage at the thought of an innocent victim having their hopes and dreams for the future destroyed by the irresponsible act of another. A Longview car accident injury lawyer should be contacted if you or someone you care about has been the victim of a drunk driver.
At Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher, Perry, Runge, Robertson and Smith Law Firm, we understand from experience that it is not just irresponsible drinkers that are the cause of such destruction. The bars, nightclubs and restaurants that carelessly serve them should also be held responsible.
Drunk Driving Statistics
National drunk driving statistics are shocking. Although drinking and driving is against the law, many drivers still continue to do this. Approximately 10,000 people are killed by drunk drivers every year in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, this accounts for approximately one third of all traffic fatalities. The statistics in Texas are slightly higher than the national average- approximately 35 percent of total people killed in traffic accidents were killed because of drunk drivers. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, states across the U.S. began to implement maximum blood alcohol concentration laws. When the BAC limit was lowered to .08 percent, there was a significant drop in the number of alcohol related crashes and deaths overall. Still, 10,000 deaths per year because of drunk driving is nothing to be proud of. Although a drunk driver will face criminal penalties, they can also face civil action when victims bring claims against them.
Contacting a Longview Car Accident Attorney
The law can obviously not bring back a loved one lost in a drunk driving accident. The drunk driver, however, can be sued under the general laws of negligence. In the pursuit of justice against a drunk driver, it is not uncommon to find that the drunk driver is an uninsured/underinsured motorist and has few or no assets to support a lawsuit. In such circumstances, we have found that it may be possible to pursue recovery against the person who provided the alcoholic beverage to the drunk driver. People who serve intoxicating beverages to people clearly over a safe amount of consumption may be liable for damages.
In a social setting, including party hosts or employers serving alcohol at a company function, where it can be shown that the host was aware of the problem and could have acted to prevent it but didn’t, it may be possible to pursue strong legal action. If we pursue your case, we work on a contingency basis. An initial consultation with our firm is free of charge. Contact a Longview auto accident lawyer today to arrange for your free consultation. We also serve clients in Houston and all of East Texas.