There is no simpler way to put it: drunk driving will not be tolerated. Federal and state governments and countless organizations have ushered in a new era of DWI laws and are making extensive efforts to change the way we view drinking and driving. Increasingly stiff penalties have reduced the number of DUI and DWI cases nationwide, but Texas continues to lead the nation in drinking and driving deaths which accounts for almost 50% of all traffic accident fatalities. Someone is either hurt or killed in a traffic accident involving alcohol nearly every 20 minutes in the Lone Star State.
These sobering statistics have earned a great deal of attention and have contributed to the development of many new laws and liability regulations. For example, dram shop liability laws were created to hold establishments that sell alcohol responsible for serving minors or over-serving visibly intoxicated customers. Dram shop laws do not free drunk drivers from liability, and when accidents are caused by someone who is under the influence, they must be held responsible.
As unfortunate as it is to say, The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. has seen our fair share of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. We have worked closely with victims and families whose lives were horrendously and permanently altered because of accidents caused by individuals driving while intoxicated. One of the cases we have worked on involved a woman whose husband was permanently disabled after his vehicle was hit by a drunk driver. The driver had been over served by a local bar. Because of this, both the drunk driver and irresponsible bar were prosecuted and convicted for their severe negligence. Substantial compensation was recovered on behalf of our client, but it only serves as partial consolation for a woman left to take care of her paralyzed husband and their small children.
Establishing close relationships with clients who have experienced similar situations, listening to their stories and eventually providing them with the justice and compensation they deserve helps us to know that we are doing the right thing. Nothing is more unfortunate than when victims injured in drunk driving accidents are not able to pay for the necessary medical treatment their injuries require. Our firm makes it a point to defend against unfair compensation and will do what it takes to ensure that justice is served.
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Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver? If so, contacting a personal injury attorney from our firm immediately after the incident can ensure that you have the best chance of receiving the compensation you require and that you will be fairly reimbursed for any medical procedures, treatment, therapy or emotional damages you suffered. Compensation in drunk driving cases varies from case to case, and dram shop liability laws can complicate liability issues. To discuss the circumstances of your accident, fill out a free case evaluation form or call the firm directly.
We know these can be some of the most difficult times in your life, and we want it to be known that we are here to help in any way that we can. Not only can our firm provide you with experienced legal assistance when filing a claim, we make ourselves easily accessible. When you have questions, we have answers. When you have a problem, we find a solution. Even if you have an emergency related to your case, or a new case, and need to speak with an attorney at 2:00 a.m., we will answer. Dedication, commitment and fighting aggressively to defend the rights of our clients have always been our firm’s priorities.