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Choosing to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol puts everyone on the road at risk, and displays gross negligence with regard to the safety of others. A blood alcohol concentration of over .08 is considered illegal, but a smaller amount than this may still impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. In 2012 alone, over 10,000 alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Drunk driving frequently leads to severe accidents, as impaired drivers often contribute to extremely dangerous crashes through actions such as speeding, driving the wrong way onto one-way streets, and crossing the median of an interstate.
Establishing negligence on the part of the liable driver is an important element in recovering compensation for victims, and a driver choosing to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated is a clear display of negligence. If an accident should occur as a result of this decision, the drunk driver is likely to be held liable for the resulting damages.
A collision with a drunk driver can easily cause serious accidents like rollovers, T-bone accidents, and head on collisions among others. In addition to the physical and emotional difficulties associated with their injuries, victims could be shouldered with staggering medical costs. Medical treatment, medications, specialized equipment, physical rehabilitation, and a host of other necessary costs can quickly add up, including many on-going future costs. Although insurance companies may offer a seemingly large settlement to mitigate these costs, it is important to ensure that any accepted payment will fully compensate victims for all present and future costs arising from the incident.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car wreck involving a drunk driver, you may be able to seek out compensation. The Houston drunk driving accident lawyers at Adame Garza LLP have helped a wide range of auto accident victims, and we know what’s important when it comes to getting you back on your feet. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to discuss your unique circumstances.