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Drunk Driving Accident Fatalities

By Douglas W. Atkinson  May. 13, 2011 4:26p

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous. Because of alcohol's depressant effects, it has a profound impact on one's driving skills. Driving while under the influence of alcohol affects the driver's reaction time, vision, tracking, concentration, one's ability to make rational decisions and their hand/eye/foot coordination. When alcohol is consumed in conjunction with either prescription medications or illegal street drugs, the sedating effects of both the drugs and alcohol can be increased dramatically, resulting in a deadly combination for the driver, his passengers and other people on the road.

All drivers are responsible for their actions once they get behind the wheel, and being drunk and causing an accident is no exception. Society views drunk driving with contempt because of the devastating effects it can have on innocent bystanders. When people are involved in a motor vehicle accident which was caused by a drunk driver, and they are subsequently killed in the crash or shortly thereafter as a result of their injuries, then by law, the drunk driver and in some cases a bar, tavern, restaurant or liquor store can be held legally liable. If you have lost a loved one as a result of a drunk driving accident, contact an Conroe DWI accident attorney today.

Dram Shop Lawsuits

In an effort to reduce the amount of drunk driving accidents, the state of Texas implemented what are called "dram shop laws," where bars, restaurants and other establishments can be held financially accountable in the event their patron either kills themselves in a fatal drunk driving accident or somebody else. The purpose of these laws was to force drinking establishments to serve alcohol responsibly, meaning that once customers were visibly "drunk," they are supposed to cut them off.

When a family member is killed in a drunk driving accident, the surviving family members may pursue damages in a wrongful death suit. The victim's surviving family members such as, a spouse, children, and parents or in some cases dependent siblings may seek compensation for losses incurred on behalf of the deceased family member. Damages can include funeral expenses, medical bills incurred prior to the death, emotional distress, loss of income, loss of familial love, pain and suffering by the victim prior to death, and more.

Conroe Wrongful Death Attorney

If you have lost a loved one in a DWI accident, contact an Conroe wrongful death lawyer from Douglas W. Atkinson without delay!

Contact an Conroe wrongful death attorney from our firm for a free initial consultation.

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