DUI accidents have long plagued the Texas roadways since the first days of the automobile. The high number of car accidents and fatalities resulting from DUI accidents spurred the legislature to crack down on DUI offenders through increased criminal penalties after a DUI arrest and the creation of “no refusal” weekends. However, DUI accidents continue to occur every day, resulting in tragic accidents that take the lives of careful drivers and passengers, in addition to causing serious injuries.
It is a criminal offense in Texas to drive or operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other illegal drugs. Unfortunately, drivers get behind the wheel every day despite the law and despite warnings from friends, family, and even bar owners not to do so. These negligent individuals put thousands of people’s lives at risk every day and should be held accountable for their actions.
In 2014, the Texas Department of Transportation recorded over 2,100 DUI crashes in Bexar county, the third highest in the state (after Harris County and Dallas County). Approximately 17,000 total DUI accidents were recorded throughout the state in 2014, which represents a slight decrease from 2010. The recent crackdown on drunk driving has encouraged the decrease in the number of DUI accidents, as local police have assisted in preventing accidents through no refusal weekends and attentive patrols. However, DUI accidents unfortunately still occur on a daily basis, and the victims of these accidents must live with the tragic consequences like spinal cord or burn injuries. However, they should not live with the medical debt which could occur after an accident.
The driver responsible for a DUI accident should be held accountable for their actions. Texas drivers only receive their Texas driver’s license through passing a test which drills into drivers the dangers getting behind the wheel when they are impaired. Their decision to drive while under the influence can mean an innocent driver or passenger could lose a leg, the ability to walk, or even their life. These drivers should be held responsible for their actions and face the financial repercussions of these actions.
While the responsible driver of a DUI accident may face criminal charges, a civil claim may also be brought at the same time as criminal charges. Civil claims face a lower burden of proof than criminal charges and therefore it is easier for a victim to receive a winning judgment in civil court than in criminal court. Our attorneys at Sadler and Sadler will work closely with you to ensure that your claim correctly covers all injuries sustained in the accident, as well as financial and emotional impacts that could plague you throughout your life.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a DUI accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Sadler and Sadler. DUI accidents are incredibly frustrating to victims and their families because they are so easy to avoid if the negligent drivers exercised caution and understood the danger of driving in their condition. These drivers should be held accountable for their actions, and our attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure you do not have to cover the costs of your injuries. Contact our San Antonio office today for your initial free consultation.