The Laredo Morning Times reports that a woman who crashed into a city police car last summer has been charged with a DWI. The accident took place last June, when the twenty three year old woman collided head on with a Laredo police cruiser. These charges have drawn some public attention because, sadly, the woman had two young children with her in the car at the time of the wreck. Thankfully, only minor injuries were sustained in the accident. Drunk driving puts the safety of others at high risk. If you have been injured in an accident with an intoxicated driver, you need to contact an experienced Laredo drunk driving accident attorney as soon as possible.
Three Key Factors that make DWI Accident Injury Cases Unique
Criminal evidence can be relevant: If you have been injured in an accident with a drunk driver, that driver will most likely be criminally charged. The criminal case is separate from any civil action which you could, and should, bring. You deserve full and fair compensation, and a criminal charge is not enough. But, the criminal case can be important for your personal injury claim because the evidence from that case can be used in your case. A conviction for intoxicated driving can establish the negligence of the other driver.
There is potential for punitive damages: For any DWI accident injury in Laredo, or anywhere else in Texas, the victim can often recover punitive damages. Punitive damage awards are meant to punish the bad actions of the drunk driver. But, punitive damages will still be awarded to the injured victim. These awards can be substantial. Punitive damages are usually given out only when gross negligence has occurred. Gross negligence is extreme negligence. In Texas, it has well established that intoxicated driving qualifies as gross negligence.
Additional parties can sometimes be held liable: In Texas, dram shop laws and social host liability make it possible to hold a bar, restaurant, or any other provider of alcohol liable for a DWI accident in some cases. Businesses in the state have a responsibility to ensure that they are not over serving their customers. Social hosts have an obligation to make sure that they are not providing alcohol anyone under the age of twenty one. This could come into play in your case. An experienced Laredo DWI accident attorney should comprehensively investigate and review your accident to determine if a third party can be held liable.
Contact An Experienced Laredo Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
The state of Texas takes drunk driving very seriously. Drunk driving accidents can result in serious criminal penalties and significant civil liability. The bottom line is that intoxicated driving is extremely risky and completely preventable. If you, or a family member, has been hurt in a DWI accident, you deserve fair compensation. It is important to recognize that drunk driving accident injury cases present unique legal challenges. You need the professional services of an attorney with the necessary knowledge to help Texas drunk driving accident victims. The legal team at the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos can help, please contact our office today to learn more or to schedule a free legal consultation.