Seeking Compensation For Drunk Driving Accident Victims

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 an experienced lawyer for a free initial consultation.

At Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C. in Austin, Texas, we represent victims of alcohol- and drug-related accidents. Even if an 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 drunk driving 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, we will obtain the form and present it as well as other evidence that our investigation uncovers to a jury.

Pursuing Every Form Of Compensation After A DWI Crash

We will look for every opportunity to obtain compensation for you after a drunk driving accident. Not only will we pursue compensation through a personal injury claim against the drunk driver, but we will seek punitive damages. We may also pursue a claim against the bar that over-served the drunk driver or the social host who provided alcohol to the driver.

Effects Of Even Small Amounts Of Alcohol

In Texas, a person is considered legally intoxicated if he or she has 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’s 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 tests and Breathalyzer tests. Even if those tactics help a drunk driver avoid criminal prosecution for DWI, it will not help him or her in a civil case. In drug and alcohol-related accidents, we will introduce evidence such as 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.