Katy Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Drunk drivers are everywhere. A relatively large percent of the population has driven drunk or tipsy within the last year, according to most surveys, though most of these drivers are never caught. If you are the unfortunate victim of a drunk driving collision, you have the ability to hold the drunk driver fully accountable for your damages. While there is no way to un-do what they did to you, it is entirely possible to sue them for lost wages and earning ability, pain and suffering, property damage, medical expenses, and more. Here at The West Law Office, our Katy drunk driving accident attorneys will stop at nothing to hold the reckless driver responsible for their immoral decision that left you with serious, debilitating injuries through no fault of your own.
Why Drunk Driving is So Dangerous
Alcohol reduces brain function, coordination, reaction time, and virtually every other process that is necessary for drivers behind the wheel. Any amount of alcohol reduces a person’s ability to drive. Even a single drink makes a driver more dangerous behind the wheel than if they were fully sober. A few of the ways that drinking causes impairment include the following:
- Loss of judgement;
- Reduced motor control;
- Reduced alertness;
- Slowed thinking;
- Delayed reaction time;
- Reduced risk assessment;
- Deteriorating attention span and memory
- Blurry vision; and
- Inability to track moving targets (other road users).
Damages in a Drunk Driving Collision
Common damages that victims are able to recover in serious drunk driving collisions include the following:
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity due to permanent disability;
- Medical expenses;
- Emotional and psychological damages;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement; and
Ensuring Your Claim’s Value is Maxed Out
In some situations, the drunk driver’s insurance company may be able to argue that you are partially at fault. As ridiculous as this seems, if they are successful, your claim’s value could be reduced. Examples of how both drivers could be partially to blame, include the following:
- Sober driver had their lights off at night;
- Sober driver was speeding;
- Sober driver failed to yield right of way;
- Sober driver ran a stop sign or red light;
- Sober driver failed to use a turn signal while changing lanes; and
While the drunk driver will still be charged with driving under the influence (DUI), that does not change the fact that your compensation could potentially be reduced by your own degree of fault in the civil case. As such, you need to work with an attorney who will be able to show that the drunk driver was, indeed, fully at fault in causing the crash.
Call a Katy Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Today
Unfortunately, our society does not penalize drunk drivers appropriately by taking away their driving privilege for life. This allows habitual drunk drivers to cause crash after crash, and emboldens those who have not yet been caught to continue driving under the influence. If you were injured by one of these delinquents, you deserve to be compensated. Call The West Law Firm today at 281-347-3247 to speak with a Katy drunk driving accident attorney.