The founder and lawyer at Parker Law Firm, Brad Parker, shares how hiring a drunk driving accident attorney is possible if you are injured by another’s negligence.
Drunk Driving Accident Attorney can Help You
Having help from and experience drunk driving accident attorney makes sense in Texas. The Lone Star State is repeatedly ranked in the top three states for drunk driving fatalities. Despite our harsh laws, drunk driving in Texas remains far too prevalent, with drunk driving incidents accounting for more than 40 percent of all car accident fatalities in the state every year. Driving under the influence holds harsh consequences and getting in an accident can worsen and lead to criminal penalties.
Driving Under the Influence Defined
Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 in Texas is considered driving under the influence for drivers who are 21 years or older. The legal limit for drunk commercial drivers is a BAC of 0.04 or greater. For drivers under the age of 21, any trace of alcohol is illegal. Reaching these alcohol levels can vary based on genetics, weight, and gender.
Injuries Associated with Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving accidents can cause damage to your body that may not be immediately visible. Because automobile collisions involve a great deal of force being applied very rapidly, the direction and amount of force can cause damage to your body by twisting and bending it in ways it is not meant to bend. Here are some of the most common drunk driving accident injuries:
Even the most minor of car accidents can cause bruises. Bruises are rarely serious injuries requiring medical attention and will generally heal within a week or two.
A car accident can cause your body to move in ways that it is not meant to and at speeds that it should not move. If you experience pain or discomfort in your neck and back after a collision, it is likely that you have sustained whiplash. These strains to your muscles and ligaments can be painful and take several weeks to recover.
Similar to whiplash injuries, the intense and rapid force that your body experiences during a collision can cause serious damage to your body that may not be immediately apparent. These types of injuries can include herniations or ruptures of the discs in your spine. If pain persists after several days, or if you have a history of neck or back injuries or problems, consult with a medical professional to see if you may have sustained a herniated disc. These injuries, while not always permanent can take a long time to completely heal.
It’s common for an accident victim to hit their head on parts of their car, which can cause a concussion. Prompt treatment for any kind of head injury is crucial.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury can have life-altering effects and change the way your brain functions, handles information, and processes emotions. While you may recover from a brain injury to some extent, depending on the type and severity of the damage, treating it may be a lifelong process.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
When we undergo a situation of extreme stress, like a car accident, there is the potential to develop emotional and mental conditions such as PTSD. Symptoms many experience can include a new fear of driving, aversion to certain sounds or images that are associated with the collision, or even sleeping problems due to anxiety or nightmares. Treatment is your best option, as psychologists and therapists can help you combat PTSD.
There are many ways an impact can cause your bones to be put under stress it can’t withstand. Sometimes the very devices meant to keep you safe can cause injury. For instance, your seatbelt may fracture some of your ribs. Broken bones are common injuries and rarely permanent or life-threatening. That being said, some fractures may require surgery to set the bone and place hardware to help your bones heal.
Because organs are delicate, the impact of a car accident can damage them. These serious injuries are common in high-speed collisions.
Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
- In 2020, there were 958 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. This is 25% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
- During 2020, more DUI – Alcohol crashes were reported in the hour between 2 a.m. and 2:59 a.m. than any other hour of the day. Also, more of these crashes occurred on Saturday than any other day of the week.
- Based on reportable crashes in 2020: One person was killed every two hours 15 minutes, one person was injured every two minutes 34 seconds, one reportable crash occurred every one minute seven seconds.
- There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2020.
- Young people are the most at risk for drunk driving. Drivers aged 21 to 24 account for 27% of all fatal alcohol-impaired crashes, followed closely by 25- to 34-year-olds (25%).
- Men account for 80% of drunk driving fatalities.
- To reach the legal level of intoxication, it takes a 180-pound man four drinks and a 120-pound woman just two drinks.
- Drinking and driving is 100-percent preventable and can have serious physical, emotional and financial consequences that can last for years.
Types of Compensation for Drunk Driver Accidents
Clients hurt by a drunk driver can receive this kind of compensation that covers medical costs, such as:
- Emergency treatment
- Surgeries or other procedures
- Medication costs
- Physical therapy
The drunk driving accident attorneys at Parker Law Firm may also seek economic compensation for your vehicle repair or replacement costs. In some cases, you may receive damages to cover your lost wages at work or your diminished earning capacity.
Did you feel a lot of pain after your accident? If so, you may receive non-economic damages to cover your suffering and mental anguish. Our drunk driving accident attorneys can help you calculate a fair value for your non-economic compensation.
In some situations, the court may award you exemplary damages after a DUI accident. You may also hear this form of compensation called “punitive” damages. The DUI accident attorneys at Parker Law Firm can help go after this form of compensation in an attempt to penalize the driver at fault for the drunk driving accident.
Are You in Need of a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney?
If you’ve personally injured by the carelessness of another. You need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Bedford, Texas office directly at 817.440.3888 to schedule your free consultation.
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