Experienced Drunk Driving Accident and Injury Attorney in Houston, Texas
At the Nava Law Group, our Houston car accident attorneys know that 205,498 persons were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes throughout the state last year, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Sadly, these crashes took the lives of 3,896 people.
According to the same statistics, there were 958 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. This is 25% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes throughout Texas over the same period.
When these preventable crashes catastrophically injure or kill other pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, or other passenger vehicle occupants, our Houston personal injury lawyers are here to help individuals and families seek justice.
If your life has been impacted by a drunk driver in Texas, contact our skilled auto accident lawyers in Houston at the Nava Law Group today to discuss your recovery needs during a free consultation.
How Can I Prove the Texas Driver Who Hit Me Was Under the Influence?
If you have been involved in any type of traffic collision in Texas — whether you were on foot, driving, or as a passenger — call the police right away and wait for law enforcement to arrive at the scene (if your injuries allow).
If the other driver appears impaired, tell the police. Often, drivers or witnesses may have noticed the impaired driver’s erratic behavior before the crash occurred and can confirm your suspicion.
Common signs that a driver is impaired include:
- Drifting, swerving, or weaving in traffic
- Drinking alcohol in the vehicle
- Driving in the middle of the road, or with the left tires on the centerline
- Driving much slower than the posted speed limit
- Driving with the face close to the windshield
- Failure to turn on headlights at night
- Illegal or sudden turning
- Nearly striking other cars or objects
- Rapidly accelerating
- Responding slowly to traffic signals
- Sudden or erratic braking
- Turning within an unusually wide radius
When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, alert them to your suspicions, so they can initiate a field sobriety test or give the driver a breathalyzer at the scene. If he or she is suspected of driving under the influence, the police will make an arrest.
When is a Driver Legally Intoxicated in Texas?
A motorist under the age of 21 who was driving with a BAC of 02 or higher, but lower than .05 can be charged with underage drinking and driving (UDD).
A motorist who was driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 04 or higher can be charged with DUI.
Any motorist who was driving with a BAC of 05 or higher, but lower than 0.08 can be charged with driving while ability impaired (DWAI).
Any motorist who was driving with a BAC of .08 or higher can be charged with DUI, with penalties increasing with higher BAC levels.
Does An At-Fault Driver’s Drunk Driving Conviction Help My Texas Personal Injury Case?
When a driver is charged with a DUI, their case will unfold in a Texas criminal court.
Personal injury cases take place in civil court.
However, if it is proven in a criminal court that the driver who caused your injuries or the loss of your loved one during a crash was intoxicated, it can help support the fact that they were undeniably negligent while operating their vehicle.
This is a fact their insurance company must respond to during our negotiations for your financial compensation.
Contact the Drunk Driving Accident & Injury Attorneys at the Nava Law Group Today
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a vehicle collision caused by a drunk driver in Texas, contact our experienced Harris County personal injury attorneys at the Nava Law Group today by calling (713) 218-2400 to discuss the details of your injuries or loss to learn how we can help investigate your case during a free consultation.