Over the past decades, Texas has increased penalties for people caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Anti-drunk-driving messages are a core component of driver’s education curricula and many public relations efforts. Our society looks down on drunk driving more harshly than ever before. Yet, people still choose to get behind the wheel after they have had too much to drink. This flagrant disregard for the life and wellbeing of others is inexcusable. If you have been injured by a drunk driver you need a reliable attorney by your side. Our mission is to hold every individual who drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs responsible for any damage they cause. Contact us now for a free case evaluation.
Drunk driving can impact anyone. Oftentimes, its entirely innocent people who are driving safely and obeying the law that are hit by drunk drivers. It’s heartbreaking when you stop to think about all the victims of drunk drivers who have endured injuries, spent days or weeks in hospitals, or said goodbye to a dearly loved one. Drunk driving takes an enormous, unacceptable toll on the public.
We Don’t Settle for the Minimum Payout
Victims of drunk drivers deserve justice. Drunk driving accidents frequently involve the most serious damages and catastrophic injuries. Drunk drivers will drive over the speed limit and take more risks while having slower reaction times. Common accidents causing fatalities include broadsiding victims at intersections, rear-ending stopped cars, striking down pedestrians at crosswalks or hitting other cars head-on after crossing the center line.
It is estimated that DUI-related crashes account for nearly one third of all car accident related fatalities each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 30 people die in drunk-driving accidents in The United States every single day. The numbers are staggering and sadly, preventable. No one should ever make the stupid and selfish decision to drink and drive.
Third-Party Damages Possible in Drunk Driving Cases
In some cases, a third-party can be held liable for injuries caused by a drunk driver. When applying third-party liability, Texas law makes a distinction between social hosts who furnish alcohol to their guests, and actual vendors of alcohol (dram shop law).
Social Host Law
A social host is someone who serves alcohol to their guests at a private event. Social host law does not involve the sale of alcohol and the host cannot be licensed to sell liquor A person who hosts a small gathering like a barbeque for a few friends in their home would be considered a social host, as would a couple hosting their wedding for hundreds of guests.
As far as liability, in Texas a social host is only civilly liable for damages or injuries if they knowingly serve a minor alcohol and that minor causes an accident. Criminally, a social host faces a Class A misdemeanor charge which is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
Dram Shop Law
Dram shop law applies to establishments who sell alcohol to their customers. A liquor store, bar, dance club, concert venue and restaurant (if serving alcoholic beverages) can all be held liable for serving a visibly intoxicated customer who later causes a car wreck. Third-party liability is usually hard to prove but our firm is here to help you every step of the way. The Texas Bulldog will fight hard to get you the compensation your deserve after any accident or injury.
How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Texas DUI/DWI Accident Attorney
The Texas Bulldog will never charge anything unless he wins your case. We have a contingency fee contract, which means The Miller Law Firm will not get paid unless you recover money. Additionally, our firm will cover all the costs associated with researching your case, prosecuting and litigation. We will also cover the costs of doctor visits, court visits, loans for living expenses and if we need to hire an expert for trial. If The Texas Bulldog wins your case, we’re reimbursed those costs. If we’re not successful, then we lose those costs.
Contact Our Law Firm
At The Miller Law Firm, we focus on helping injured victims and their families get the most they deserve of their financial recovery. We know that the success of your case depends on our hard work and dedication. Our attorneys will always go the extra mile from the initial investigation through all facets of the legal process to help you get the best outcome possible. The Texas Bulldog will fight aggressively to ensure that you receive a favorable outcome for your case, whether negotiating with an insurance company or taking a case to trial. Contact Us today by calling 713-572-3333 to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys are available to discuss how we can help you favorably resolve your case.