Field TestDallas Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

A DWI accident flips your life upside down. We help put it right. Dallas drunk accident accident lawyer Dorothy M. Hyde has an impressive track record of success in helping victims obtain money compensation for injuries, medical expenses, lost income and more after drunk driver collisions. She has the experience and the tenacity to fight vigorously on behalf of clients. That’s why a client who spent several days in court watching Ms. Hyde litigate her case coined her “The Barracuda.”

Drunk driving accidents are tragic, preventable events that often result in very serious injury or death. If you are a victim of an alcohol-related crash, you are not alone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point in their lifetime. More than one million drivers are arrested each year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. About one-third of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related.

Drunk driving is such a serious problem in the state of Texas that the Department of Transportation launched a website, Faces of Drunk Driving, to highlight the devastating impact drunk driving has on local victims and drivers. Choosing to drive a car after consuming alcohol is a negligent decision that may have disastrous consequences. Texas personal injury law permits the injured or the families of those killed by a drunk driver to file lawsuits to recover monetary compensation and damages.

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Texas drunk driving accident statistics

  • Here in Dallas, there are 10.23 deaths per 100,000 residents each year.
  • Dallas, Texas leads the nation in drunk driving deaths – followed by Kansas City (10.10) and Albuquerque (8.62).
  • There is a DUI crash every 20 minutes and 37 seconds, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
  • In addition to more than 336 alcohol-related traffic deaths in our state, there were 680 serious injuries.

Common DUI injuries

In our experience, DUI accidents can be quite serious. When victims survive the crash, they often suffer devastating drunk driving accident injuries with lasting effects, such as:

  • Back, neck and spinal cord injuries – Fractures, slipped or crushed discs, sprains, strains, nerve damage and spinal cord injuries can cause lifelong problems with cognition and motor function. Some victims are paralyzed, resulting in thousands of dollars in medical bills and costs associated with modifying their homes to accommodate wheel chair use.
  • Broken bones and lost limbs – Crushed and broken bones can result in surgery, long-term disability or even loss of limbs – particularly, arms and legs that are crucial for functioning in everyday life.
  • Burns and disfigurement – When cars collide at high speed, it’s not uncommon for vehicles to burst into flames, causing severe pain, psychological distress, permanent scarring and disfigurement.
  • Psychological trauma – Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common psychological injuries treated by therapists. Some victims are paralyzed with fear and cannot drive or get into a car following their accidents.
  • Traumatic brain injuries – Even the most mild brain injuries resulting from concussions result in symptoms like headaches, visual disturbances, fatigue, memory loss, and mood disorders. On the other end of the spectrum, traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent impairments with language processing, visual and sensory disturbances, hearing loss, impaired bowel control, paralysis, and other life-altering effects.

Who can be held liable for DUI accidents in Dallas?

There are a number of parties who can potentially be held liable in a drunk driving lawsuit in the state of Texas. We can bring a claim against the driver, but we will also investigate to find out if social hosts or business establishments serving alcoholic beverages to the driver may have played a part in the accident.

Texas drunk driving laws

In Texas, the legal blood alcohol count is .08% or lower. It takes very little alcohol to reach this legal level. According to The Right Step alcohol treatment program: “A typical drinker can achieve that level of drunkenness from having two or three drinks in an hour. For women and young people, drinking just one or two drinks in an hour can lead to a BAC of 0.08.”

Punishments for DUI in Texas include:

  • Loss of driver’s license for up to a year, a fine of $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail for a first offense
  • Loss of driver’s license, a fine of up to $10,000, and up to 10 years in prison for second or third offenses

While the law punishes impaired drivers, it does not automatically compensate injured victims, which is why it is important to file your legal claim to help cover some of the expenses and hardship caused by these senseless accidents.

Compensation for drunk driver crash injuries

Serious drunk driving accident injuries can cause permanent impairment and tremendous suffering. An experienced car crash attorney can hold the driver and any other responsible parties accountable for their actions. If you’ve suffered serious, life-changing injuries due to the reckless actions of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Monetary damages like medical bills, loss of past and future earnings & home modifications related to disability.
  • Intangible damages like emotional pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of companionship and guidance.
  • Punitive damages meant to punish and discourage drunk drivers from committing the crime in the future.

When to contact a Dallas drunk driving accident lawyer

By law, you have up to two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Texas. This is called the “statute of limitations.” It is never too early to contact a drunk driving accident attorney. You can increase your chances of obtaining maximum compensation for your injury claim by contacting a lawyer immediately after your accident.  The sooner we are able to gather evidence and contact witnesses, the better chance we have of building a strong case for you.

Free drunk driver crash consultation

If you have suffered injury or the death of a loved one because of a drunk driver, please do not delay. Contact us for a free consultation, where one of our experienced DUI lawyers will review the facts of your case, discuss your legal options for a claim, and answer any questions you may have. The initial consultation with a drunk driving accident attorney is free – and, if we represent you, we will not charge any fees unless we win your case.

To learn how we can help after a DWI accident, contact a Texas injury attorney at the Law Office of Dorothy M. Hyde.

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Drunk driving accident resources

  1. Texas Department of Transportation – Drunk Driving http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-center/psas/drunk-driving/labor-day.html
  2. CBS Local – DOT launches new drunk driving campaign http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/08/04/txdot-launches-new-drunk-driving-campaign/
  3. Faces of Drunk Driving – Homepage http://facesofdrunkdriving.com/
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