Drunk Driving Accident
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,269 fatal accidents in 2008, in the state of Texas alone, were alcohol-related. Injury or death caused by a drunk driver is perhaps the most angering of all personal injury cases – and insult is added to injury when the drunk driver is uninsured, as often, offenders of this type have few assets to support any type of lawsuit.
At The Law Offices of Jay J. Murray P.C., we aggressively pursue claims against irresponsible drinkers who regretfully chose to drive. Should the driver in question be uninsured, there is good news: Our Texas law firm may be able to pursue claims against those who are uninsured, under insured, and without assets.
How? By holding accountable the business establishments that improperly serve them.
It’s true: Even if there is no way to pursue recovery against the drunk driver, there may be a way to pursue recovery against the person or business that provided excessive alcoholic beverages to the person.
Drunk Driving FAQ’s
- What is the legal level for blood alcohol content (BAC)?
In Texas, as with most states, the legal level for blood alcohol content is .08.
- How extensive is the problem of people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs?
The most recently available statistics for nationwide arrests (2007) revealed that over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in a single year. (Source: MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
- How often is someone killed in a drunk driving incident?
On average, someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes. In 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in drunk driving related crashes. (Source: NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
- How often are other drugs involved in drunk driving deaths?
Drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana or cocaine, are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are generally used in combination with alcohol. (Source: MADD).
- How often are children killed in drunk driving incidents?
The most recently available statistics (2006) reveal that half of child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-related crashes were riding with drivers who had a BAC level of .08 or higher. That same year, 45 children age 14 years and younger were killed as pedestrians or bicyclists were hit by alcohol-impaired drivers. (Source: MADD).
- How often is someone killed by a drunk driver in Texas?
In 2008, there were 1,269 people involved in fatal drunk driving incidents in Texas. (Source: NHTSA)
- How much do alcohol-related crashes cost?
It is estimated that drunk driving accidents cost the public $114.3 billion in a single year. (Source: MADD) Drunk driving injuries and deaths can lead to enormous emotional and financial upheaval. Victims are entitled to fight for compensation; to learn how to file suit against a drunk driver, contact our Texas law firm for a free legal consultation.
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