Plano DWI Accident Attorney
DWI accidents could result in devastating injuries and even fatalities. Based on a crash statistics report by the Texas Department of Transportation, 886 persons died in a recent year due to motor vehicle accidents where the drivers were driving while under the influence of alcohol. This horrifying statistic is 25 percent of the overall number of individuals who died in all motor vehicle accidents.
Further, drunk driving accidents claimed the lives of 10,142 people in 2019 statewide, and approximately 28 people in the U.S. are killed in drunk-driving accidents daily, which is about one person killed every 52 minutes, according to NHTSA. There’s no question that DWI offenders must be held responsible for their negligent and reckless actions and the resulting damages. This is where help from our experienced Plano DWI accident attorney here at The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C., can be very valuable.
Damages in a DWI Accident
DWI accidents could be life-changing events for innocent people who were injured, or worse killed, by a drunk driver. Damages for injuries that victims sustained from DWI accidents might include compensation for:
- Medical bills, which can include costs of diagnostic tests, emergency care, surgery, medications, hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy, etc.
- Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma and distress
- Lost wages or income from work, including benefits, perks, and/or promotions that you might have reasonably earned had you not been injured and had gone to work as usual
- Costs for destroyed or damaged property
Determining Liability for DWI Accidents
Drivers charged with DWI are clearly liable for damages in a DWI accident. In some cases, however, there may be other parties that you can hold liable for a drunk-driving accident, other than the driver. For example, under Texas dram shop laws, giving alcohol might also serve as reasonable grounds to hold a person or entity, such as a club, bar, hotel, or restaurant, liable for a DWI accident. Basically, businesses are legally obligated to exercise proper care not to serve alcohol to patrons who are clearly drunk.
In certain circumstances, the employers of a commercial driver who operates a vehicle while drunk during work hours can also be held accountable for a DWI accident. In such cases, a claim can be made under respondeat superior or vicarious liability laws, in which employers can be held vicariously responsible for the negligent acts of their employees. For example, employers may be liable for a DWI accident if they knew that the driver was drunk and still allowed him to drive or if company policy allows drivers to work even when they’re drunk.
Seek Legal Advice from an Experienced Plano DWI Attorney
Unfortunately, DWI accidents still happen every single day all around the world. The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C., is here to offer sound legal counsel. Our experienced Plano DWI attorney can aid in ensuring that you take the proper steps to obtain the most favorable results for your claim. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a DWI accident, call 972-380-4444 or fill out our online form to arrange your free claim review. You don’t have to pay us anything unless we successfully win your case.