Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Texas, and throughout the U.S. Nevertheless, approximately one million arrests for impaired driving are made every year, as reported by CDC. In 2020, 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving drunk drivers, accounting for 30% of all traffic deaths. Researchers in a study involving 4,243 drivers at seven trauma centers who were seriously injured in traffic crashes found that 54% tested positive for alcohol or drugs, including marijuana, opioids, stimulants, and sedatives.
If you have been injured in a crash caused by a drunk or drug-impaired driver, it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Call our firm at (214) 295-1008 to schedule a free consultation with a Denton County drunk and impaired driving victim attorney.
Drivers who consume alcohol or drugs and get behind the wheel of a car make the roads dangerous for everyone. Types of DUI accidents include:
- Car accidents: Alcohol can significantly impair reaction time, judgment, and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, and so can cannabis and other substances. Drunk drivers have caused crashes by driving in the wrong direction on a highway, crashing into a school bus, driving into a light pole, and colliding head-on with another vehicle, as stated by ProjectKnow. Drunk driving accidents are often fatal.
- Motorcycle accidents: Motorcycles are smaller and less stable than four-wheeled passenger cars, and riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. When a drunk or stoned driver rear-ends, sideswipes, or cuts off a motorcyclist, the rider can be ejected from the bike, thrown into traffic, and seriously injured in the landing.
- Bicycle accidents: Cyclists have a right to share the road with motorists, and they are vulnerable to being seriously injured by impaired drivers. Many bicycle accidents are caused by drivers who fail to see the cyclist on the road until it is too late. Drugs and alcohol diminish cognitive abilities and increase the risk of a driver failing to register a bicycle in the roadway.
- Pedestrian accidents: Pedestrians are completely unprotected and in great peril, with drunk or stoned drivers on the road. A person on foot can sustain serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries when struck by a 4,000-pound passenger vehicle. In 2020, alcohol impairment was a factor in 41% of all pedestrian fatalities, as stated by the National Safety Council (NSC).
Victims of DUI accidents can suffer a wide range of injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Internal organ damage
- Bone fractures
- Facial injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Back and neck injuries
- Crush injuries
- Limb loss or amputation
If you were injured in a crash caused by a drug or alcohol-impaired driver, you could be entitled to seek compensation for your losses in a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries and other factors, you may be eligible to claim damages, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages or earnings, loss of future earning potential, pain and suffering, emotional distress, diminished quality of life, and other losses. If you have lost a loved one in a DUI accident, you may be entitled to seek justice in a wrongful death claim.
Contact the Denton County personal injury lawyers at The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008 to schedule a free consultation. We can advise you of your options under the law.