Austin Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Texas DWI Accident Victim Lawyers
Even a small amount of drugs or alcohol can impair a person's ability to drive safely. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone who was impaired by alcohol or drugs, contact our lawyers for a free initial consultation.
At the law firm of Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C. in Austin, Texas, our lawyers represent the victims of alcohol- and drug-related accidents. Even if the impaired driver avoids criminal prosecution, the introduction of drugs or alcohol into a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can be a factor for a jury when determining how much compensation to award the injured victim.
Texas civil accident reports contain a check box for the officer to indicate if he or she suspects the driver had been drinking. If the "had been drinking" box is checked, our lawyers will obtain the form and present it as well as other evidence that our investigation uncovers to a jury.
Effects of even small amounts of alcohol
In Texas, a person is considered legally intoxicated if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. However, according to a review of more than 100 studies by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, even small amounts of alcohol can impair a driver:
- Driving can be impaired beginning at.01 percent BAC
- Vigilance can be impaired at .02 percent BAC
- Tracking can be impaired at .01 percent BAC
- Perception can be impaired at .03 percent BAC
- Visual function can be impaired at .03 percent BAC
- Cognition (judgment) can be impaired at .005 percent BAC
Drunk drivers who refuse Breathalyzer tests
Criminal defense attorneys often advise their clients to refuse field sobriety test and Breathalyzer tests. Even if those tactics help a drunk driver avoid criminal prosecution, it will not help them in a civil case. In drug and alcohol-related accidents, our lawyers will introduce evidence such as the police car videotape and the police officer's observations. If the driver weaved in traffic, smelled of alcohol or showed other signs of intoxication, that evidence can be compelling to a jury.
Free alcohol-related accident attorney consultation
For a free initial consultation about your rights in a drug or alcohol-related accident, call a lawyer at our firm or fill out our simple contact form.
We have offices in Austin and Houston. All meetings are by appointment only. From our offices in Austin and Houston, we will travel to drunk driver accident victims throughout Texas.