According to reporting from News Four, a suspected drunk driver recently caused a head-on collision in the northwest section of San Antonio. Several victims were transported to local hospitals following the accident. Unfortunately, multiple people were reported to have serious injuries. San Antonio Police stated that the driver will face a DWI charge and an intoxication assault charge. The effects of drunk driving can be devastating. If you, or your family member, have been injured in a San Antonio DWI accident, you should contact an experienced drunk driving accident attorney as soon as possible.
Texas Head-on Collisions: High Risk
Head-on car accidents often lead to extremely serious injuries, or worse, fatalities. The force of any car accident is enough to cause considerable damage to the human body. But, in a head-on collision, where two opposites forces are coming together, the danger is particularly heightened. The Federal Government recently studied the risk of head-on collisions and the results were alarming. Head-on impacts are relatively rare, less than one percent of all accidents were head-on, but, almost 11 percent of traffic fatalities were caused by a head-on collision. Even worse, many head-on collisions are completely preventable. This is because a substantial percentage of Texas head-on collisions involve intoxicated driving.
Drunk Driving and Head-on Collisions
The previously mentioned federal data also noted that almost two thirds of all head-on collision fatalities are caused by a drunk driver. Further when it comes to high speed head-on collisions, those being the ones that most frequently cause serious injuries or fatalities, alcohol is twice as likely to be a factor when compared to low speed head-on collisions. In Texas, drunk driving is gross negligence. Under Texas law, a drunk driver is displaying an extreme degree of recklessness. This behavior puts the safety of innocent people at substantial risk. Drunk drivers will often be subject to punitive damages when their driving causes an injury. Punitive damages are awarded to the victim, but they are not meant to compensate medical bills, pain and suffering or lost wages. While compensation for those damages are still available, punitive damages represent additional compensation that is solely meant to punish the grossly negligent drunk driver. After seeing the data on head-on collisions and drunk driving, it is easy to see why punitive damages are necessary. The punishment sends a message that drunk driving will not be tolerated in Texas. While the drunk driver will likely face criminal charges, it is important to remember that civil and criminal cases are separate actions. A DWI accident attorney will help you recover fair compensation.
Contact an Experienced San Antonio Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Drunk driving accidents are especially painful for the victims. These accidents have devastating consequences and they could have been prevented. We must hold drunk drivers, and their insurers, liable for the immense damage they cause. At the law office of San Antonio Injury Lawyer, our experienced San Antonio DWI accident team will fight hard to get you the compensation that you deserve. If you have been injured in a Texas DWI accident, please do not hesitate to contact our San Antonio office today. Initial legal consultation are free of charge.