Corpus Christi Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
As any experienced driver will tell you, accidents can happen at any time. While some collisions are the result of unavoidable circumstances and fault may lie with either or both parties, accidents caused by an intoxicated driver are unnecessary and are completely avoidable. A driver who chooses to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a danger to themselves and others on the road, and if that person causes an accident, people can be seriously hurt or killed.
In a 2013 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 28.7 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol. This staggering statistic is especially impactful when you consider that number is more than the population of the entire state of Texas. That same study also revealed that 21.6 million people in the U.S. met the classification of drug or alcohol abuse or substance dependence based on “criteria specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV).”
With these figures in mind, it is no wonder that so many people are injured or killed on U.S. roadways in accidents caused by intoxicated drivers. The disregard for public safety that is displayed when an individual chooses to operate a vehicle while under the influence is shocking and should not be tolerated. The DUI collision attorneys of Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys firmly believe that drivers should be held responsible for their actions if they hurt others in a crash while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and we are ready to help you if you or a loved one has suffered due to someone else’s negligent actions. Learn more about the car-accident cases we handle.
Dangers of Drunk Driving
Drunk driving is an epidemic across the United States that causes thousands of crashes each year. In 2015 alone, 290,000 people were injured in accidents caused by drunk driving, and another 10,200 were killed. Driving while intoxicated poses a threat to all other drivers on the road because of the kind of impairment alcohol causes. Unlike other food, alcohol is not digested but instead is absorbed into the bloodstream, taking it directly to major organs such as the heart and brain. This impairs a multitude of vital functions, including:
- Perception: it is less likely for a driver to observe traffic signs, pedestrians, and other cars
- Reaction time: the driver’s eyes will remain focused on one object for a longer period of time and reflexes diminish, making it difficult to react appropriately to traffic situations
- Perspective: an intoxicated driver is more likely to only look straight ahead than to be aware of their full surroundings
- Judgement of speed and distance: it is more difficult for an impaired driver to determine other car’s actions and react appropriately
Each of these impairments makes it impossible for an intoxicated driver to make safe decisions on the road, and greatly increases their chance of causing an accident. This places you and your loved ones at risk anytime you are on the road with a drunk driver.
Why Choose Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys?
According to statistics released by the National Traffic Highway Safety Association (NHTSA), a person is injured in a drunk driving collision every two minutes. In addition, two out of every three people in America will be involved in a drunk driving crash at some point in their lifetime. At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, we strongly believe that no one should have to suffer due to the reckless actions of an individual who chooses to operate a vehicle while drunk or under the influence of drugs. Even one injury accident or a single fatality should not be tolerated, and the individual who drove while intoxicated should be held responsible for his or her actions.
Since 1976, we have been the firm that people in Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas turn to when they have been hurt by someone else’s negligent actions. We have the experience you need on your side, especially if that accident was caused by a driver who was drunk or high at the time of the crash. We will help explain your legal options, investigate the accident, and will present the strongest possible case to help you secure the compensation you need to move on with your life.
We know that accidents can have a lasting effect on your life, sometimes requiring a complete shift in the way you support yourself and your family. Don’t let the actions of an intoxicated person take away your ability to support yourself and your loved ones. You have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible for your injury and can secure your livelihood in the process.
Frequently Asked Questions about DUI accidents
A 2015 study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that people in the U.S. drank and drove approximately 121 million times per year (an average of 300,000 per day). With this frequency, it is no surprise that drunk driving collisions happen to people right here in Corpus Christi with alarming regularity. Often, people who are hurt or who have lost loved ones due to a drunk driver do not know where to turn, or how to go about selecting a lawyer to represent them. That’s why we have provided the following answers to some very common questions that people just like you have asked us in the past.
If I was hurt in an accident and the other driver was drunk, do I have a case?
The cause of an accident must be investigated before we can determine exactly who is at fault, but if you were hurt in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, there is a high likelihood that that person will be held liable for their reckless actions. Driving under the influence, defined by a .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) or higher, is against the law and is, therefore, a pretty clear sign of liability in the event of an accident. Of course, only an experienced attorney can tell you for sure, so be sure to contact us today to discuss your claim.
What type of compensation might I be eligible for if I was hurt in a DUI collision?
Whenever an individual files a personal injury claim against an individual who caused them harm, the type of compensation they can recover is referred to as “damages”. An injured person has the right to pursue compensation for the costs associated with their injury, including their medical expenses, lost wages from time off of work, loss of future earnings if the injuries sustained were lasting or permanent, expenses associated with the replacement of personal property (like vehicle damage or replacement), and other expenses. In addition, there are often additional damages that account for the person’s suffering, like pain and emotional trauma following an accident.
How do I know which attorney to hire?
Choosing the right lawyer to handle your case is an important decision, and is not one that should be taken lightly. We believe that people should choose a lawyer based on their previous experience handling similar cases, the resources the firm has, and the way they treat their clients. It is important to have an attorney on your side that is willing to fight for you and who truly cares about the outcome of your case. That’s why so many people have chosen Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys to help them if they were hurt in a DUI collision; it’s often because people can tell that we truly care about them and their family members.
Contact a Corpus Christi DUI Crash Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk truck driver, you should not have to suffer the consequences alone. The experienced lawyers at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys understand the devastation an accident can cause, and we are prepared to help you take action against the individual who chose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
We firmly believe that drivers should not operate their vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and if they do, they should be held responsible for their actions if they hurt others in an accident. We have committed our careers to helping people in Corpus Christi secure the compensation they need after an accident, and we are ready to help you as well. To learn more about your rights or discuss the specifics of your case, contact us at (361) 888-8808 today.