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The Tragedy of A Drunk Driving Accident

Drunk driving is a menace on U.S. highways. The Department of Transportation reports that every day, vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver kill 36 people and injure 700 more. In 2006, 13,470 people died in alcohol-impaired driving accidents, which accounted for nearly one-third (32 percent) of all U.S. traffic-related deaths. The DOT estimates that the annual cost of U.S. alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.

We Aggressively Pursue Drunk Driving Cases

Injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving are perhaps the most upsetting kind of personal injury case. Members of the community, juries, and lawmakers are universally outraged by such irresponsible behavior on our highways. At the Law Offices of Alexander M. Gurevich, we aggressively pursue claims against irresponsible drinkers and the bars, nightclubs, and restaurants that improperly serve them.

Texas Dram Shop Liability

Drunk drivers are often uninsured, underinsured, or judgment proof—meaning that they have few assets to pay off a judgment. Fortunately, another avenue of recovery for drunk driving injuries exists under the Texas Dram Shop statute (Tex. Alco. Bev. Code §§ 2.01—2.03). This law makes sellers and licensed providers of alcohol liable for injuries caused by the intoxication of persons to whom they provided alcoholic beverages. Alcohol sellers and providers may be liable under the statute if they provided alcohol to a customer who was obviously intoxicated, and the customer’s intoxication resulted in injuries.

Alcohol sellers and providers may also be held responsible for any injuries that result from providing alcohol to minors (persons under age 18). Although non-commercial social hosts generally have little liability in Texas with regard to damages caused by adult guests who become intoxicated, social hosts can be statutorily liable when they supply alcohol to under-age drinkers who then cause injuries (Tex. Alco. Bev. Code § 2.02).

Trust Us to Handle Your Drunk Driving Injury Claim

At the Law Offices of Alexander M. Gurevich, we pursue every possible legal means of recovery for drunk driving injuries and deaths. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving alcohol impairment, or if you are in need of a car accident attorney in Houston or are seeking legal representation in any of our other areas of practice, contact us today. You can trust the professional expertise of the Law Offices of Alexander M. Gurevich to thoroughly investigate the accident, document the necessary evidence, question witnesses, and obtain medical and other expert evaluation of your injuries and loss. Please call (713) 224-9600. We will provide an initial consultation free of charge. We may agree to take your case on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay no legal fees unless you recover compensation.

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