Fox San Antonio recently reported that a drunk driver crashed into the back of a large construction vehicle. The accident occurred on November 9th, very shortly after midnight on San Pedro Avenue. An investigator commented that the woman was travelling on the southbound side of the road and smashed into a front end loader, which was being used by a San Antonio crew to repave the road. The driver was charged with a DWI, but thankfully, there were no injuries reported in the accident. Drunk driving is very serious, if you are ever in an accident with an intoxicated driver, contact a drunk driving accident attorney immediately.
Car Accidents are about Negligence
Negligence is a legal concept that is the basis for many personal injuries lawsuits, including the vast majority of car accident injury cases. If you are going to successfully recover damages after a Texas car accident, you will likely need to prove negligence on the part of another party. Negligence has four elements
- An established duty of care;
- A breach of that duty of care;
- A causal link between their breach and your injury; and
- Proof that you sustained compensable damage
An experienced car accident attorney can comprehensively review your case and determine if any other party meets each of these four elements. If so, then that party was negligent and their negligence caused you real harm. Therefore, you would be legally entitled to compensation.
Drunk Driving is Gross Negligence
In Texas, drunk driving reaches an extreme level of negligence known as gross negligence. The important difference between negligence and gross negligence is that gross negligence entitles the victim to additional damages. As a general rule, personal injury lawsuits are meant to compensate the victim for the damages they suffered. Your reward will be in direct relation to the damage you sustained. But, gross negligence is so bad, that the state has decided that it must be punished. That means that if you were injured by a grossly negligent party, a judge or jury may also award you punitive damages. This type of damages, common in DWI injury cases, is meant to punish the bad actions of the other party, but the compensation still goes to you. You never want to miss out on compensation to which you are fairly entitled, so an experienced car accident attorney is extremely important after any car accident injury.
Contact An Experienced San Antonio DWI Accident Attorney
Drunk driving is a very serious criminal offense in Texas, and it puts the safety of everyone else on the road at significant risk. Any car accident injury is an awful experience, but being injured at the hands of a criminally reckless and careless drunk driver is a special kind of devastating. At the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos we understand the emotional and physical pain of drunk driving accident injuries and we work tirelessly to help the victims recover full compensation. If you have been injured by drunk driver in Texas, contact an experienced San Antonio drunk driving accident lawyer today to discuss your legal options.