Driving while intoxicated is a serious issue in Texas with someone being hurt or killed in crashes directly involving alcohol every 20 minutes. The guidelines and consequences for even first-time offenses are strict like most states, but official statements from the Texas Department of Transportation (linked above) do not have any mention of restitution to victims in a DWI involving alcohol or other drugs. The only restitution specifically mentioned for victims is for those who are children under the age of 15, with higher fines and jail times, but still no specifics on helping a victim of a devastating crash involving a DWI. This is where a DWI attorney in Dallas can help, as their knowledge allows victims and families to get some well-earned peace after falling prey to someone else’s gross negligence.
A DWI can cause many costs to both perpetrators and victims. In the United States alone, there have been 10,228 lives lost with a total of 4 million convicted DWIs (These statistics come from 2010 data from the CDC and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration respectively). However, one might just be thinking about injuries resulting from a DWI crash and not the damage these injuries can cause. Of course, DWIs have cost victims a staggering $12 billion in medical expenses; The injuries do have long-lasting consequences though as the medical costs are nothing compared to the loss in quality of life, general expense and loss of work.
Again, a DWI or personal injuries attorney is paramount in this situation as an experienced lawyer on the victim’s side can ensure fair compensation for the victim. Back to the statistics though, loss of work resulting from an injury in a DWI crash has costed both tax payers and victims $32 billion. This statistic from loss of work due to inability to work, the government paying benefits to victims and legal settlements. Cost of loss in quality-of-life offers an even scarier statistic though, with the costs related to that being $71 billion. These costs can cover anything from the inability to perform household work due to an injury to the loss of essential abilities such as mental function, driving, family life and more. DWIs also cause a ridiculous amount of property damage, with a total of $6 billion of property ranging from a citizen’s vehicle to the government’s guardrails and signs. Other costs incurred by DWIs include $4 billion in legal costs, $4 billion in insurance costs and $3 billion in miscellaneous costs such as traffic delays and the cleanup of crashes. Overall, DWIs cost the USA an approximate total of $122 billion each year.
These ridiculous costs are precisely why each and every victim should hire an experienced DWI or personal injury attorney regardless of the state. A good attorney will ensure that any and all costs incurred to the victim or victims by injury or otherwise will be paid in full. An experienced attorney will also squash any attempts at an insurance company trying to downsize on a victim’s suffering, making negotiations easier.