News & opinion Accidents Involving Drunk Drivers can Entitle Victims to Significant Compensation

Accidents Involving Drunk Drivers can Entitle Victims to Significant Compensation

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It is common knowledge that drinking alcohol can significantly impair a person’s ability to drive a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, in spite of this fact, drunk drivers continue to get behind the wheel, often causing serious accidents that leave innocent victims severely injured. Fortunately for victims, Texas law1 often entitles individuals that have been injured by drunk drivers to obtain significant compensation for their injuries and other losses they may incur. Importantly, a civil case that a victim may initiate is completely separate from any criminal proceedings against a drunk driver, so it is important for victims to talk to a Houston car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Drunk drivers can leave victims with serious injuries

Accidents caused by drunk drivers can cause extremely serious and life-threatening injuries, some of which can result in long-term medical problems or significant disabilities. Some of the more common injuries victims of drunk driving accidents sustain include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns2
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Bruises
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Concussions
  • Amputations

What should victims do after an accident caused by a drunk driver?

After being involved in an accident with a drunk driver, it is important for victims to take steps to ensure that the incident is documented and their legal right to recover compensation is protected. Some of the steps to take after an accident include the following:

  • Call 911 – Calling 911 will summon law enforcement and emergency medical personnel to the scene of the crash. This will ensure that your injuries are treated and that evidence establishing the fact that the other driver was intoxicated is gathered.
  • Seek medical attention – It is critical for anyone that has been hurt in an accident to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Doing so will make sure that your injuries are properly addressed and also that an official record documenting your injuries is generated.

Contact a Houston car accident lawyer today to retain legal representation

Individuals that have been hurt by the negligence of a drunk driver can often recover significant compensation for their losses, including their medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and property damage. To schedule a free consultation with Houston car accident attorney Stewart J. Guss, please call our office today at 800-898-4877 or send us an email through our online contact form.

1 http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/

2 https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/burns.html

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