Did A Drunk Driver Hit You?
It seems no amount of media campaigns against drinking and driving will put a stop to drunk driver accidents. The tragedy of this fact is that drunk driving accidents are preventable. If you were the victim of an accident caused by a drunk driver, you deserve compensation for your injuries.
Drunk driving lawsuits are based on proving a series of facts:
- The at-fault driver had alcohol in their system at the time of the accident.
- The alcohol impaired their ability to operate their vehicle.
- The impaired driving led to the accident.
- The accident caused your injuries.
The blood alcohol content limit in Texas is .08%, but if alcohol played a role in the accident, the driver may still be considered negligent even if they were not legally intoxicated. If you or a loved were injured in an accident with a drunk driver, we’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Legal Alcohol Driving Limits In Texas
Texas has a three-tiered law concerned the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for operating a motor vehicle. Most people are familiar with the .08% BAC level for noncommercial drivers over the age of 21, but other BAC levels apply to minors and professional drivers. While people under the age of 21 can legally drink in Texas if they are with a parent, the BAC limit for driving is zero. That means if you are under 21 and a Breathalyzer test registers anything at all, your license will be taken away and you could face other penalties as well. The legal limit for those with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is .04%. Commercial drivers who get a DWI will most likely have their license revoked and face additional criminal charges.
Texas Dram Shop Liability Laws
Dram shop liability refers to fault placed on bars, restaurants and other businesses that sell alcohol to underage or visibly intoxicated people. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you can file a lawsuit under the Texas dram shop liability laws if:
- The business served alcohol to minor who then caused an accident.
- The business sold alcohol to a clearly intoxicated person who then caused an accident.
Dram shop liability claims can be filed against businesses in addition to insurance claims and claims against the driver.