Despite being highly illegal, many people still choose to operate a motor vehicle while drunk or impaired by drugs. These actions lead to over 10,000 alcohol-related accidents in Texas annually, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Of these accidents, over 800 are fatal, killing nearly 1000 drivers per year. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents remain a widespread problem on the road today. If you’re involved in such an accident, you do have rights.
Personal Injury Claim
First off, if you were struck by an impaired driver, you are within your rights to recover both the cost of your injuries and non-monetary suffering. In many situations, the insurance company will fully compensate you. However, the drunk driver may not have insurance or even enough insurance. In this case, you have to file a personal injury claim in court. You can recover:
- Medical bills
- Medical-related travel expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of normal lifestyle
- Pain and suffering
If the individual you are filing against is found guilty of a DUI, this helps prove responsibility for the accident in the eyes of the court. If the criminal trial has not yet concluded, you can still recover what you are owed through a personal injury case.
If you can prove the other driver was grossly negligent, you can win punitive damages, too. This form of recovery is meant to punish the at-fault individual, not simply compensate you for injuries sustained during the accident.
Of course, there is a limit to punitive damages:
- 2x the amount of economic and non-economic damages up to $750,000
- Damages up to $200,000
For more information on your rights following a drunk driving accident, contact Denton Car Accident Attorney for assistance by calling (972) 362-0046. We’re happy to offer our help in any way possible today!