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Thanks to the work of organizations, volunteers, and nationwide PSAs, a majority of Americans know that it’s dangerous (and illegal) to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. However, that doesn’t stop people from doing it – every day, almost 30 people die in drunk driving crashes in the United States, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA). Individuals who are caught after these types of car accidents can be arrested and face criminal charges, but this alone doesn’t help those they injured. Chris Morrow Law, PLLC is here to help victims of drunk driving accidents in Austin by filing a civil claim, also known as a personal injury claim. Our drunk driving accident lawyer can investigate your accident, collect evidence, and file your claim within the deadline to recover the compensation you need to heal. He can also be by your side if you’re filing a wrongful death claim following the death of a loved one.
Contact Chris Morrow online or call (512) 520-8100 if you were injured by a drunk driver. In addition to their criminal charges, our drunk driving accident lawyer in Austin can help you file a civil claim and pursue justice on your behalf.
As is the case with most states, in Texas you’re legally intoxicated when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reaches 0.08% or higher, but you’re really breaking drunk driving laws the instant that the alcohol or drugs in your system interfere with your ability to drive. Driving with an open container of alcohol in your vehicle is also illegal, even if you’re not drunk, and driving drunk with children under the age of 15 in your car will result in you being charged with child endangerment.
The penalties for drunk driving in Texas are categorized based on the number of offenses and include:
Texas also honors a “zero tolerance” law that makes it illegal for underage drivers to drive with any amount of alcohol in their system. Our lawyer is a Texas local who is knowledgeable about our state’s various laws and can use them to your case’s advantage.
Though drunk drivers are often at fault for many car accidents and injuries, there may be instances in which another party is liable for damages. Texas abides by dram shop laws, which maintain that a bar or retailer can be at fault for damages in a car accident if it sold or served an alcoholic beverage to a customer who was obviously intoxicated at the time. Establishments have a duty to refuse service if a customer is underage or visibly drunk, and when they violate this duty, they can be found negligent in a claim.
As a result, multiple parties may be liable for your damages, which can amount to thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and property damage, as well as non-economic damages like pain and suffering. But each case varies, which is why it’s important to first call an attorney to investigate the circumstances of your accident. Chris Morrow can give your case the individual attention it deserves and hold the drunk driver or bar responsible for the damage they’ve caused
In Texas if the drunk driver did not have insurance you have several options for pursuing compensation for your damages:
Even if the drunk driver who hit you didn’t have insurance, we can still help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries. Call today for help!
Get started filing your drunk driving accident lawsuit in Texas. Call our drunk driving accident attorney in Austin, Chris Morrow, for a free consultation in English or Spanish at . We’re available 24/7.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that alcohol-impaired crashes comprised nearly 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in 2012. The reason why drunk driving is a major cause of car accidents, injuries, and fatalities is because alcohol impairs a person’s decision-making skills and coordination – two things that every driver needs to operate a vehicle safely.
Some specific examples of drunk driving that are dangerous and can lead to car accidents include:
At Chris Morrow Law, we work for you and we won’t stop until you get the compensation you deserve.