How Can A Dallas Drunk Driver Lawyer Help You?

The criminal penalties for drunk driving in Texas can be significant. When you are involved in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver, however, you may need to take additional steps to receive adequate compensation for the injuries you or your loved ones have suffered.

At Khattar Law, P.C., our Dallas accident lawyers are committed to helping those injured by drunk drivers receive all of the compensation they may be due. 

Drunk Driving Accidents Statistics

Dallas Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) collects data on automobile accidents. According to a recent release, 10,142 people died in alcohol-related driving accidents in the United States in 2019. A staggering 963 of these tragic fatalities were suffered in Texas. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) between 2009-2018 a shocking 13,592 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas involving a drunk driver. 

These numbers demonstrate the seriousness of the drunk driving epidemic in Texas. The extent of the problem is further illustrated by data that show 28.8% of all driving fatalities nationwide were alcohol-related, but in Texas, the percentage was 39.5%. Make no mistake, drunk driving poses a deadly risk in Texas. 

Common Causes of Drunk Driving Accidents

Alcohol has a number of effects on the body’s systems, all of which have a negative impact on one’s ability to drive. Common effects of alcohol include:

  • Slower reaction times
  • Reduced motor functioning
  • Impaired judgment and reduced cognitive functioning
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness

As a depressant, alcohol slows the workings of the central nervous system. This means that the brain is slower to perceive and register outside stimuli and slower to react to these stimuli. When operating a motor vehicle, even at moderate speeds, any delayed reaction can result in tragedy. 

Further, the effects of alcohol are compounded by the amount you drink and the effect of other drugs, prescribed or illicit, in your system. 

Common Injuries Suffered in a Drunk Driving Accident in San Antonio

Due to their size and speed, accidents involving a motor vehicle are inherently dangerous. Drunk drivers commonly cause accidents in head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, wrong-way crashes, and pedestrian impacts. Any of these can result in a myriad of serious injuries or death. Some of the most common injuries suffered in drunk driving accidents include:

  • Neck injuries, including whiplash
  • Back and spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Broken bones
  • Abrasions and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Soft tissue damage

Many of these injuries can impact a victim for years following a drunk driving accident, sometimes even for a lifetime. Victims can find themselves unable to work or able to work only with a significantly decreased earning capacity.  

Contact an Experienced San Antonio Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in an alcohol-related auto accident in San Antonio, you should act now. Contact the experienced lawyers at Khattar Law, P.C. today. Dial 210-923-1234 or visit khattarlaw.com and fill out our contact form.  We will be happy to consult with you and evaluate your case.