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Drunk Driving Accident FAQs

A drunk driver can change the entire course of your life in the blink of an eye. Accidents caused by intoxicated drivers can be severe, as impaired motorists rarely react in time to lessen the impact. If you were injured by an intoxicated driver, you may have multiple options for pursuing compensation.

Q: Who Is Liable for a Drunk Driving Accident?

A: There may be more than one party you could recover damages from. The drunk driver himself, of course, is liable for any harm he causes. If the drunk driver had insurance, then filing a claim with his insurance company is usually the first step. However, in Texas, you may have a third option. Our “Dram Shop” laws can sometimes be use to hold a drinking establishment liable for harm caused by one of its patrons.

Q: When Is a Drinking Establishment Liable for a DUI Accident?

A: Under Texas’s Dram Shop laws, a bar, club, restaurant, or other business where alcohol is sold for consumption on the premises can be held liable if they furnished alcohol to a person who was clearly already intoxicated, and that person went on to cause harm to others as a result of their intoxication.

Q: What if the Drunk Driver Was Not Arrested for DUI?

A: While a DUI arrest can make it easier to prove your case, it is not necessary. Our attorneys may be able to use other evidence to show a civil court that the driver’s intoxication caused the accident.

Q: What Damages Could I Recover After a DWI Accident?

A: You may be able to recover financial compensation for a wide variety of expenses and financial losses related to the accident. This includes current and future medical bills, lost wages including impairment to future earning capacity, and compensation for emotional harm and loss of enjoyment of life. We will help you carefully calculate the amount of compensation to demand.

Q: What if the Driver Was Intoxicated by a Substance Other Than Alcohol?

A: Drivers who are under the influence of drugs other than alcohol are still liable if they cause an accident while intoxicated. People who are under the influence of marijuana, street drugs, or even certain types of prescription drugs may be unable to drive safely, and they are responsible for the harm they cause due to their impaired driving.

Q: What if I Was Injured as the Passenger of a Drunk Driver?

A: You are likely still eligible to recover compensation. However, these cases can be tricky, and you will need to consult an attorney.

Q: Can I Recover Compensation if My Loved One Was Killed by an Intoxicated Driver?

A: If a member of your immediate family lost their life in a DUI crash, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In these cases, you may be able to recover compensation for the loss of your family member’s financial, domestic, and emotional support, as well as certain other damages that your family member could have recovered had they survived, including any medical bills they accrued before passing.

Q: What Makes Many DUI Accidents So Severe?

A: A sober driver is likely to be alert enough to swerve or hit the brakes before impact, reducing the damage. A drunk driver is more likely to crash at full speed. Drunk drivers are also more prone to veering out of their lane and causing head on collisions.

Contact a Houston, Texas DUI Crash Attorney

If you were injured by a drunk driver, Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec can help you identify all potentially liable parties and pursue the maximum amount of compensation available. We are fully committed to helping victims harmed by intoxicated drivers make a complete financial recovery. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us online or call 281-643-2000 for a free consultation.

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