Driving under the influence (DUI) is a significant issue in Texas. In 2018 alone, 940 people in the state died in motor vehicle accidents involving drunk drivers, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. DUI accident deaths accounted for more than one-fourth of all Texas traffic fatalities in 2018.
If you have injuries or a loved one died in a DUI accident in Garland Texas, contact the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. at (214) 200-4878 for a free legal consultation. Our Garland personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience helping clients recover from DUI accidents throughout Texas. We may be able to help you recover as well.
A drunk driving accident case can involve unique laws compared to a typical crash case in Texas. For example, you may need to navigate the criminal justice system as well as the civil courts in Dallas County, since DUI is a crime in Texas. Hiring a lawyer can enable you to navigate the complicated laws your specific case might involve. A lawyer can also ensure you do not say yes to a settlement offer that is too low for your actual damages. An attorney will argue for just compensation from the drunk driver’s insurance company or another party, such as a dram shop law, while you concentrate on recuperating.
DUI crash cases are also unique in that they may involve dram shop liability laws. Texas’s dram shop law (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Chapter 2) states that a dram shop, or an alcohol vendor, could be liable for selling or serving alcohol to someone already visibly intoxicated if that person goes on to cause a DUI accident. If a bartender at a club, for instance, served alcohol to a customer who was obviously intoxicated to the point that he or she presented a danger to him/herself or others, the club could be liable for the damages the intoxicated person caused in a subsequent car crash.
Texas’s dram shop law does not interfere with your ability to hold an individual drunk driver responsible for your car accident as well. You could name both the drunk driver and the dram shop as defendants in your civil case during your pursuit of damages. Naming a dram shop could improve your odds of obtaining fair compensation for your losses, as a drunk driver alone may not have enough insurance coverage for your serious injuries. Our attorneys can help you determine whether you have grounds for a dram shop claim after a drunk driving accident in Garland.
Some of the common injuries DUI accident victims suffer are bone fractures, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, lacerations, loss of limb, burns, permanent disabilities, and emotional injuries. At the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C, we can help you no matter what diagnosis a doctor gives you after a crash involving a drunk driver. We can also represent your family during a wrongful death claim after a fatal DUI accident in Garland.
Start your DUI accident/dram shop liability claim today with a free consultation at our local law office in Dallas County, Texas. We may be able to help you acquire fair and full compensation for your damages. Schedule a meeting today at (214) 200-4878.