Drunk driving accidents devastate the lives of countless people every single day in this country. Victims of these accidents pay the price for having had the misfortune of crossing paths with an individual who thought it was OK to drive drunk. According to the NHTSA, in 2013 there were 3,382 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Texas and 85,436 arrests for driving under the influence. Alcohol-impaired drivers cause the majority of accidents on our nation’s roadways, and the injuries they inflict on others can impact the rest of their lives.
While there are a lot of fatalities from drunk driving accidents, those who survive often suffer catastrophic injuries. If the driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle, it can cause horrific crashes that lead to injuries such as brain and spinal cord injuries, multiple bone fractures, paralysis and severe burns.
Victims with catastrophic injuries will be dealing with the consequences of the accident for the rest of their lives. They will face ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, in-home medical services, along with the pain and suffering and emotional trauma from the accident. Those with the most severe injuries will not be able to return to work so they face the loss of their income and the ability to provide for their family.
Fortunately, victims of drunk driving accidents have the recourse of bringing a lawsuit against the negligent driver who was at fault in the accident. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney will help increase your chances of getting a fair settlement that will compensate you for the costs you have incurred, the losses you have suffered and for future costs associated with a catastrophic injury.
Unfortunately, the biggest settlement in the world won’t bring back the life someone had before they got into an accident with a drunk driver. One of the lasting consequences of an accident is the emotional toll it takes on those involved.
A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will be able to develop effective case strategies for establishing fault in accident cases. From a legal standpoint, your attorney can use evidence of drunk driving to prove that the other driver was negligent. If you suffer injuries in a DWI-related car accident, contact our firm to arrange a free consultation. We can help you recover compensation for your damages.