Injured by a Drunk Driver?
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Suing a Drunk Driver: What You Need to Know
If you were injured by a drunk driver, you have legal options – and you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and time you had to take off work.
Drunk drivers put everyone on the road at risk, causing car crashes, truck crashes and motorcycle accidents every day across Texas. Innocent families are torn apart by drivers who have had “one too many.”
If you or someone you care about was injured or killed by a drunk driver, you may be able to sue.
What Texas Law Allows When You Sue a Drunk Driver
In Texas, you can sue for:
- Counseling services (including grief counseling)
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses, including long-term or ongoing care and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
In Texas, you may be able to recover damages from the drunk driver’s insurance company. There are two types of damages: compensatory and punitive.
Compensatory damages are designed to help you pay your medical bills and to make up for lost wages. They’re also awarded to help you pay for future medical bills that result from the accident, and they can help repay you for your emotional trauma, as well.
Punitive damages are designed to punish the person who’s at fault for your injuries. They’re a way to make an example out of someone who’s done something wrong.
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What is Dram Shop Liability?
Dram shop liability allows you to sue a bar, restaurant, liquor store or another business that sold alcohol to the impaired driver who caused your injuries. In many cases, businesses can be held liable for injuries and wrongful death if they:
Served alcohol to someone who was visibly intoxicated and posed a danger to others
Served alcohol to a minor who caused the DWI crash that injured you or your loved ones