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Drunk Driving Accidents

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Houston Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

Advocating for Victims of Drunk Driving Crashes in Texas & Beyond

Throughout the U.S., the "legal limit" is 0.08%. This means anyone who drives a vehicle while under the influence is subject to criminal consequences, especially due to the risk of causing severe, fatal harm to others. The result of a vehicle accident involving a drunk driver is almost always catastrophic. These cases are taken extremely seriously. If someone is injured by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they deserve to be compensated.

Claims for accidents caused by a drunk driver can be difficult without a DWI accident lawyer. A Houston accident attorney can provide the victim or the victim's family with the information they need, take advantage of all available resources, and investigate the accident itself. Additionally, they will be able to take your case to court if the drunk driver's insurance provider fails to comply with the settlement requested by your attorney.

Get professional help with your drunk driving accident claim. Our Houston trial lawyers are prepared to fight for your future; all you need to do is call (888) 493-1629.

Leading Cause of Death on Texas Roads: Drunk Driving Statistics

Did you know that the leading cause of death on Texas roadways in 2009 was drunk driving? These types of accidents are entirely avoidable, which makes them all the more tragic.

Unfortunately, drunk driving is not a rare occurrence, as you can see in the below facts:

  • Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
  • Males were more likely than females (15.1% vs. 7.9%) to drive drunk.
  • The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25-year-old individuals (23.4%).
  • About 1/3 of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
  • Almost 50% of drivers killed who tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their systems.
  • In 2011, 226 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Of those children who lost their lives, 122 (54%) were riding with the drunk driver.
  • Of the 3,016 traffic fatalities that occurred in Texas in 2011, 1,397 (46%) were alcohol-related, meaning the drivers had a blood alcohol content of over 0.08%, the legal limit.

Helping Drunk Driving Accident Victims Fight for Fair Compensation

Those responsible for these types of accidents will likely be arrested for DUI. Aside from criminal liability, the driver may be civilly liable as well. What this means is that a DUI conviction does not necessarily benefit the victims of the accident. This is why victims can take additional actions against a drunk driver by seeking the help of an attorney. According to a 2011 study, almost half of all drivers who are killed in vehicle collisions tested positive for drugs or alcohol. A third of those who are involved in DUI-related crashes are repeat offenders. The worse the acts of negligence are, the more compensation that our firm will pursue on behalf of drunk driving accident victims.

For example, a case can rest upon factors such as the following:

  • What was the driver's blood alcohol content at the time of the accident?
  • Did the driver have any prior offenses?
  • Were there any children in the vehicle at the time?

Drunk Driving & Dram Shop Laws

More commonly referred to as a bar or tavern, the dram shop that sold the drunk driver the liquor may also be held accountable. Texas dram shop laws are also important when it comes to drunk driving accidents. These are the laws that forbid bartenders and wait staff from serving alcohol unless the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission certifies them. With requirements varying by state, dram shops are also required to refuse service to individuals who they believe are intoxicated and/or who could pose a risk to themselves or others.

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Statistics also indicate that one out of every three people in the U.S. will be involved in a drunk driving accident at least once in their lifetimes. If you or someone you know was injured, you may have the option to file a claim for your medical expenses, property damages, lost wages, and more. We at Arnold & Itkin can help you learn your rights and options in a free consultation. We also charge no fees unless we win your case.

To learn more about motor vehicle accidents caused by a drunk or negligent driver, call our office today.

Case Results

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $222 Million Record-Breaking Verdict for Widow Our firm won $222 million for a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident caused by a faulty valve. We took the case to trial because the at-fault company refused to take responsibility. The jury saw through the corporate lies and double ...
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
  • $114 Million Settlement Won for Victims of Pipeline Explosion Offshore injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fought for two workers who were injured in a pipeline explosion at sea, one of whom passed away. Our relentless investigation and advocacy resulted in a nine-figure settlement that will provide for our ...
  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
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