- 1. Drunk Driving Crashes Reach an All-Time High in New Braunfels
- 2. Our Team Demands Justice From Everyone Who Contributes to a Drunk Driving Crash
- 3. What Damages Are Available in Drunk Driving Injury Claims?
- 4. We Take a Hands-on and Sophisticated Approach to Drunk Driving Investigations
- 5. Crosley Law: Protecting New Braunfels From Drunk Drivers
If you or a loved one suffered injuries after a drunk driving crash, you may be entitled to compensation that can help you recover physically and emotionally. But getting everything you need and deserve after a crash isn’t always easy, even if the other driver was intoxicated. Working with an experienced accident attorney is the best way to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
At Crosley Law, our attorneys have experience investigating drunk driving crashes in New Braunfels and throughout Texas, and build cases to help clients get the compensation and closure they deserve.
Drunk Driving Crashes Reach an All-Time High in New Braunfels
Awareness of the dangers of drunk driving grows every year, but people are still deciding to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Sadly, in 2018, New Braunfels had its highest number of drunk driving crashes on record.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 111 drunk driving crashes in 2018, causing one fatality and many serious injuries. In comparison, there were only 78 drunk driving crashes in New Braunfels in 2006, the first year that Texas began publishing city-level DUI crash data.
Our Team Demands Justice From Everyone Who Contributes to a Drunk Driving Crash
After a collision, most people focus their attention on the drunk driver – and you will definitely want to file a claim with their insurance company. In Texas, driving with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher is illegal. When the police arrest a drunk driver, they will perform a breath, blood, or urine test that calculates their BAC – and these results are valuable evidence in your claim.
However, injury claims against drunk drivers aren’t always cut and dry. Sometimes, drivers dispute the accuracy of their BAC testing or may argue that they didn’t cause the crash.
Additionally, you need to act quickly to protect your legal claims – don’t wait until the drunk driver pleads guilty or a jury convicts them. Texas has strict filing deadlines, and if you wait too long, you may lose out on valuable compensation.
You May Have a Claim Against an Irresponsible Bar or Restaurant
The drunk driver might not be the only party who contributed to your crash. The most common third party responsible is a bar or restaurant who overserved an obviously intoxicated customer. Under Texas’s dram shop laws, you can demand compensation from these irresponsible businesses.
However, holding a bar liable for the actions of a patron is not as simple as proving that the drunk driver bought or consumed alcohol from them. You will need to show that the bar continued to serve the patron even though they could tell the person was already intoxicated and a danger to themselves and others. Without an experienced attorney on your side, proving the bar knowingly served an already intoxicated patron is exceptionally challenging.
Other potentially responsible third parties include:
- A host or individual who overserves a minor at an event or party
- Any adult who knowingly purchases alcohol for a minor
What Damages Are Available in Drunk Driving Injury Claims?
When we calculate our clients’ damages, we consider more than their repair bills and medical expenses. You are entitled to compensation for any monetary (economic damages) or non-monetary (non-economic damages) losses caused by the crash.
Your damages could include:
- Medical expenses for past care and future care
- Auto repair and replacement costs
- Ongoing physical or psychological therapy sessions
- Loss of income and wage-earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Funeral and burial expenses
How Much Is My Drunk Driving Injury Claim Worth?
Every drunk driving injury claim is unique, and it’s always best to consult with a New Braunfels attorney before agreeing to a settlement. The most significant factors that will impact your claim’s value involve the severity of your injuries and the facts surrounding your case.
For example, your case may be worth a lot more if a drunk driver struck your car head-on at a high speed than if they caused a minor fender bender.
However, insurance coverage will also play a significant role in your case. There may be multiple insurance policies in a drunk driving claim, such as:
- Auto liability: The drunk driver’s liability policy
- Liquor liability: Commercial insurance policies that cover a bar or restaurant’s negligent conduct.
- Personal injury protection: Optional insurance coverage that helps offset your medical bills and lost wages, regardless of fault.
- Uninsured/underinsured coverage: An optional insurance policy that steps in when an at-fault driver doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your injuries.
If the drunk driver only has the minimum required basic liability coverage or worse, is uninsured, you will need to look towards other sources for recovery. If you fall into this category, it is especially important that you work with an experienced attorney to get fair compensation.
We Take a Hands-on and Sophisticated Approach to Drunk Driving Investigations
At Crosley Law, our attorneys conduct detailed investigations in drunk driving injury cases. We know how to uncover the truth and aren’t afraid to stand up to the insurance companies.
As part of our investigation and case building, we collect and review a variety of case evidence, including:
- Crash scene photos and video
- Police reports
- Driver’s blood-alcohol content results
- Statements from witnesses
- Background and license checks on the driver
- Medical and hospital records
- Opinions from doctors, crash reconstruction experts, and toxicologists
- Statements from eyewitnesses
We always consider the possibility that the drunk driver was overserved and rebuild their activities to determine if a bar or other third party is also responsible for causing your injuries.
In addition to our accurate calculations of your damages, our investigation helps us get our clients the compensation they deserve.
Crosley Law: Protecting New Braunfels From Drunk Drivers
For Crosley Law, drunk driving injury claims are more than just cases; they’re a cause. We understand and have witnessed the danger that drunk driving presents to road users. And we fight to ensure that drunk drivers are held responsible for their actions.
We sometimes accept drunk driving cases pro bono to help support this goal. Many of our pro bono cases involve police officers injured by a drunk driver while in the line of duty.
Have you or a loved one been injured by a drunk driver in New Braunfels? Contact our attorneys today to learn more about your rights and options. Complete our brief online form or call 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 to schedule your free consultation today.
Texas motor vehicle crash statistics: Cumulative crash statistics 2003–2018. (2019, August). Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved from https://www.txdot.gov/government/enforcement/annual-summary.html
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