When you are struck by a drunk driver or a person under the influence of drugs, you have a very serious case. In many drunk driving accident cases in Texas, victims injured by an intoxicated driver may be entitled to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are neither economic nor non-economic damages but a means to punish the at-fault party for especially egregious conduct, such as driving while drunk. These damages can be awarded in addition to other damages, including:
In 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a drunk driver, accounting for 29 percent of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in the United States. Texas led the nation in drunk driving crash fatalities with 1,323.
Unfortunately, drunk driving is an epidemic in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 111 million self-reported episodes of drunk driving among adults in the United States in 2015. In that same year, only 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).
If you are involved in a wreck involving a potentially drunk driver, there are steps you can take to protect your well-being and preserve evidence.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a crash involving a drunk driver, call Thomas J. Henry today. Our injury lawyers have experience handling drunk driving cases, whether you were hit by a passenger vehicle or commercial motor vehicle. We can help you preserve evidence and make sure your rights as an accident victim are protected. Contact us today for a free case review.