Dallas Drunk Driving Accident Victims
The Dallas drunk driving accident victims’ Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm helps folks get the recovery they need after being involved in a Drunk Driving automobile accident.
All victims of a drunk-driving accident, or the loved ones of someone killed by a drunk driver, need reliable information on what needs to be done immediately to preserve an insurance claim, to ensure that the at-fault driver is held accountable, and to secure appropriate funds are awarded to the victims whose lives are torn apart.
What Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer Dr. Shezad Malik Can Do to Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an alcohol- or drug-related accident, contact us today at 214-390-3189. Our goal is for drunk drivers to pay for the injuries and devastation that they cause to their victims and to their victims’ families. Only by making drunk driving offenders accountable for their actions will future victims be spared.
The Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm gives personalized attention to the needs of each client by overseeing all aspects of a drunk-driving accident claim. We coordinate medical payments, organize documentation, and support each client through the difficult claims process.
When someone is killed in a crash with a drunk driver, we launch a personal injury claim to help families recover from the financial devastation caused by the death of their loved one.
Contact Dr. Shezad Malik today to learn more about your rights and options. Drunk driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in our country. And, in Texas, this crime is committed more frequently than in any other state.
What is Drunk Driving?
Drunk driving, also known as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), refers to operating a motor vehicle while one’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit set by law. This limit varies by country and sometimes within countries by state or province. For most jurisdictions, the legal BAC limit is 0.08%.
When a person consumes alcohol, it impairs their motor skills, reaction times, and decision-making abilities, making it dangerous to drive. Alcohol affects a driver’s judgment, coordination, and the ability to control the vehicle, significantly increasing the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the road.
Law enforcement agencies use various methods to detect and deter drunk driving, including breathalyzer tests, sobriety checkpoints, and public awareness campaigns. Penalties for drunk driving can be severe and may include fines, license suspension, vehicle impoundment, mandatory alcohol education programs, and even imprisonment.
Drunk Driving, by the Numbers
Adults drink too much and drive about 121 million times per year – or more than 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving a day.
300,000 injuries per year means exponentially more friends, family members and loved ones unnecessarily impacted by this preventable crime.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every day, about 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 52 minutes. In 2019, these deaths reached the lowest percentage since 1982 when NHTSA started reporting alcohol data — but still 10,142 people lost their lives. These deaths were all preventable.
The percentage of crashes which are alcohol-related in Texas is far above the national average. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, a person in Texas dies every nine hours and six minutes in a DUI-alcohol-related traffic crash. In 2020, 963 people in Texas were killed and 2,114 seriously injured because someone chose to get behind the wheel while impaired.
Drunk drivers are dangerous, and irresponsible, and intoxicated drivers on Texas roads collide with other vehicles or pedestrians causing catastrophic injuries and deaths. The Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm, forcefully protects the rights of innocent victims including pedestrians, other car drivers or passersby hurt or killed in accidents with drunk drivers in Texas.
Thousands more victims have been left to struggle and make sense of permanent scars, disfigurement, or life-altering injury due to these tragic, avoidable and preventable accidents. Our team of experienced Texas drunk driver accident attorneys has helped accident victims and their families obtain the compensation they deserve for these losses.
How Alcohol Affects Driving Ability
Alcohol is a substance that reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential to operating a vehicle safely.
As alcohol levels rise in a person’s system, the negative effects on the central nervous system increase. Alcohol is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and small intestine. Then it passes into the bloodstream where it accumulates until it is metabolized by the liver.
A person’s alcohol level is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood. This is called Blood Alcohol Concentration, or BAC. At a BAC of .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter (g/dL) of blood, crash risk increases exponentially.
Because of this risk, it’s illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, except in Utah where the BAC limit is .05.
However, even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability. In 2019, there were 1,775 people killed in alcohol-related crashes where a driver had a BAC of .01 to .07 g/dL.
BAC is measured with a breathalyzer, a device that measures the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath, or by a blood test.
Texas Bar Owners Can Be Liable
Under the Texas Dram Shop law, a bar owner, business owner, social host, or anyone else who served or provided liquor to an obviously intoxicated person may also be held liable for damages caused after the driver gets behind the wheel.
The alcohol server’s negligent and callous behavior also has participated in the accident and the injuries or deaths that resulted. Texas law holds that person accountable for serving alcohol to a person they should have not. In cases where the behavior is willful, wanton, and reckless conduct, punitive damages for gross negligence may also be awarded to punish the drunk driver or the alcohol server.
The laws and regulations that govern legal responsibility for accidents caused by drunk drivers are complex. The clients of Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm, have benefited from our team’s in-depth knowledge of these laws, meticulous investigation, and experience with the tactics that insurance companies use to dispute worthy claims.
If you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team is available to confidentially discuss the details of the accident and the laws that hold the drunk driver and others accountable.
Working with our network of investigators and legal, medical and financial professionals, our team would then thoroughly investigate the accident, identify all liable parties, and can even arrange necessary medical care for you. Our firm is owed nothing unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for the client on its claim.
Texas Statute of Limitations for Accident Victims
There are deadlines for bringing a lawsuit in Texas’ courts. It is important that you contact Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm, immediately to speak confidentially with a Texas drunk driver accident lawyer who will listen to you and provide a prompt and realistic assessment of the best way to get you all the compensation you deserve.
If you or a family member has been injured because of the fault of someone else; by negligence, personal injury, slip and fall, car accident, medical malpractice, trucking accident, drunk driving, dangerous and defective drugs, bad product, toxic injury etc., then please contact the Dallas Fort Worth Texas Car Accident Attorney Dr. Shezad Malik. For a no obligation, free case analysis, please call 214-390-3189 or Contact Me Online.