- 1. We Fight for Victims of Drunk Driving
- 2. Drunk Driving Is Far Too Common in Texas
- 3. Criminal Sentencing vs. Civil Liability in Drunk Driving Cases
- 4. What Sources of Compensation Exist for Drunk Driving Accident Victims?
- 5. How Much Is My Drunk Driving Accident Claim Worth?
- 6. Crosley Law Firm’s Approach to Drunk Driving Personal Injury Claims
We Fight for Victims of Drunk Driving
If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of a drunk driver, you should contact an aggressive San Antonio personal injury lawyer immediately. Depending on your circumstances, you might have multiple liability and insurance claims arising out of the crash.
A drunk driving accident can change your life forever. At Crosley Law Firm, we help our clients understand their rights, rebuild their lives, and pursue justice. Schedule a free consultation by completing our online contact form or calling 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000.
Drunk Driving Is Far Too Common in Texas
Texas has one of the highest drunk driving and DWI fatality rates in the United States. While 29% of car accident fatalities across the country involve alcohol, Texas has a much higher rate of 38%. In 2016, almost 1,000 Texans died in drunk driving accidents. In the City of San Antonio alone, drunk drivers caused 1,845 crashes, 52 fatalities, and 98 disabling injuries in the most recent year with complete data.
Under Texas law, you are guilty of drunk driving if your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is at or above 0.08%. For people under 21 years old, Texas has a zero-tolerance policy. Unlike some states, Texas does not have a “super drunk” or “extreme DWI” law. Unfortunately, Texans frequently ignore these laws and drive while drunk or drugged.
Criminal Sentencing vs. Civil Liability in Drunk Driving Cases
Drunk driving cases can have both criminal and civil components.
The State of Texas presses criminal charges against the drunk driver, demanding jail time, community service, and other penalties.
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The accident victim files lawsuits against the negligent parties, demanding damages and compensation.
While you must prove a criminal case “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil drunk driving claims do not involve this standard. Therefore, you might still have a civil drunk driving claim even if the prosecutor does not press criminal charges.
Balancing criminal and civil cases can be difficult. At Crosley Law Firm, we take a client-focused approach by communicating with prosecutors, counseling our clients, and aggressively pursuing their personal injury claims. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact us online or call 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000.
What Sources of Compensation Exist for Drunk Driving Accident Victims?
Depending on the nature of the drunk driving accident, you might have multiple claims against multiple defendants, including:
- The drunk driver
- A bar or restaurant that knowingly overserved the driver
- An individual that knowingly overserved the driver at a social event
- An adult who purchased alcohol for a minor drunk driver
- Your uninsured/underinsured motorist policy, or
- Any uninsured/underinsured motorist policy covering the vehicle in which you were riding.
Each of these claims will involve different insurance companies, attorneys, policy limits, and legal issues.
Frequently, these competing insurance companies will try to shift blame to each other in an attempt to avoid liability. In these situations, it’s in your best interest to consult with an experienced San Antonio DWI accident lawyer. An attorney can help you cut through red tape and stop the insurance companies’ delay tactics.
How Much Is My Drunk Driving Accident Claim Worth?
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The value of your accident claim will depend on a series of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the cost of medical treatment, the value of your lost wages, the extent of your pain and suffering, and whether you’re eligible for punitive damages.
At Crosley Law Firm, we focus on car and truck accident claims involving serious injuries and wrongful death. We work with our clients to identify and document their financial losses, quantify their pain and suffering, and demand punitive damages when appropriate. We also carefully review each case’s facts and the related insurance policies, looking for additional coverage or claims that might help you make a larger financial recovery.
Crosley Law Firm’s Approach to Drunk Driving Personal Injury Claims
At Crosley Law Firm, we know that attention to detail is vital in a drunk driving liability claim. We methodically sift through evidence, reviewing:
- Police reports
- Blood-alcohol content data
- Witness statements
- Sobriety test videos
- Other valuable information
We also conduct background checks on drunk drivers, looking for patterns of reckless driving and other disrespect for the law. Our goal is to build the strongest case possible based on the unique circumstances of our client.
Medical treatment and evidence are also vital to a drunk driving claim. At Crosley Law Firm, we want to see our clients heal from their injuries. We also know medical evidence can strengthen their DWI accident claims by documenting their injuries, explaining their symptoms, and linking their conditions to the crash. Unfortunately, many accident victims have a hard a time getting adequate medical care. For this reason, we help our clients find doctors that accept their medical insurance. If you are uninsured, we can attempt to negotiate payment agreements with a network of local physicians.
And, when necessary, we use cutting-edge technology and nationally renowned experts in toxicology, physics, engineering, and vehicle crash reconstruction to help juries understand the complex issues involved in a DWI accident case. We also retain medical experts and life care planners, helping our clients make wise financial decisions, maximize their financial recoveries, and plan for their futures.
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Finally, because drunk driving usually involves a conscious decision by an impaired driver to get behind the wheel, and because drunk drivers are so harmful to society as a whole, we at Crosley Law Firm feel that it is vitally important that we do everything within our power to hold drunk drivers accountable. We hope that by our aggressive pursuit of these cases, that we can, in some small way, help to make the roadways safer for other drivers in the future. To us, these are more than just cases, they are a cause. That’s why we often handle these cases pro bono, especially when police officers are harmed by drunk drivers while in the line of duty.
Crosley Law Firm has the skill, experience and tenacity you need on your side while taking on a drunk driver’s insurance company. If you would like to learn more about your legal rights and our approach to drunk driving cases, contact us by completing our online form or calling 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.
Sobering facts: Drunk driving in Texas. (2014, December). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_tx.pdf.
Texas motor vehicle crash statistics: 2016. (2017). Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved from https://www.txdot.gov/government/enforcement/annual-summary.html.
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.
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