Houston Drunk Driver Accident Attorney
The Kishinevsky Law Firm is a personal injury law firm representing individuals who have been injured in accidents with drunk drivers in the greater Houston area and other individuals who were injured due to the fault of someone else. If you were injured by a drunk driver in the greater Houston, Texas area, call us today for a free consultation.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2017 there were a total of: 23,760 DUI crashes in Texas. These DUI crashes caused 1,024 deaths, 2,169 situations resulting in suspected serious injuries, 5,666 suspected non-incapacitating injuries, and 5,841 possible injuries.
A significant portion of these crashes happened in the greater Houston area.
- In 2017, Harris County had 2,896 DUI crashes, 151 resulting fatalities, 174 suspected resulting serious injuries, 563 suspected non-incapacitating resulting injuries, and 696 possible resulting injuries
- In 2017, Montgomery County had 494 DUI crashes, 21 resulting fatalities, 57 suspected serious injuries, 143 suspected non-incapacitating injuries, and 142 possible resulting injuries.
- In 2017, Fort Bend County had 288 DUI crashes, 8 resulting fatalities, 26 suspected serious injuries, 79 non-incapacitating injuries, and 69 possible injuries
- In 2017, Galveston County had 247 DUI crashes, 16 resulting fatalities, 25 suspected serious injuries, 45 suspected non-incapacitating injuries, and 71 possible injuries.
Texas Penal Code §49.04 states that a person who operates a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated constitutes the crime of Driving While Intoxicated.
Texas Penal Code §49.07 states that a person who operates a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated and causes serious bodily injury to another because of that intoxication has committed the crime of Intoxication Assault.Chapter 49. Intoxication and Alcoholic Beverage Offenses
The amount of punitive damages that can be awarded at trial against a drunk driver who crashes into someone and commits intoxication assault in violation of Texas Penal Code §49.07 is specifically exempted from the punitive damage limits imposed on most personal injury claims by Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §41.008.Chapter 41. Damages
Because of the significant damages potentially involved in drunk driving accidents, insurance companies sometimes pursue a strategy of aggressively handling and defending these types of claims in the hopes of being able to resolve them at less than full value, which they may try to implement from the very beginning of the claim. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash with a drunk driver, before you talk to the insurance company, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a Houston drunk driver accident attorney. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss the specifics of your situation and your legal options with you.