Drugged Driving Accident Attorney San Antonio
Assisting Victims of Drugged Driving Accidents in San Antonio Recover Financially
In San Antonio, with its plentiful nightlife options, bars, and clubs, drivers may be tempted to operate their motor vehicles while they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The truth is that Texas law treats drugged driving very harshly. Individuals who are convicted of drunk or drugged driving can be subject to serious criminal penalties, including fines and incarceration. The extent of the penalty depends largely upon whether the drugged driver is a first, second, or third-time offender.
A drunk or drugged driving conviction can also result in administrative penalties, including driver’s license suspensions. Finally, a drunk or drugged driver may be sued in Texas civil court for injuries arising out of any motor vehicle collision.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a drugged driver, you may have legal options open to you. The experienced San Antonio drugged driving accident attorneys at The Law Offices of George Salinas may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the drugged driver and pursue monetary compensation in your case.
Texas Drugged Driving Laws
Both drunk driving and drugged driving in Texas are covered by the same criminal statute. The statute prohibits a person from “driving while intoxicated” (or DWI). It defines a DWI as driving a motor vehicle “while not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties.” This can be due to ingesting harmful drugs.
Texas’ DWI law applies to ingesting “a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body.”
A person could be arrested and charged with drugged driving while he or she is impaired by any drug or dangerous substance – even if a doctor prescribed the drug or substance. Some of the most common substances that lead to drugged driving accidents include:
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a drugged driver, you deserve to be fully compensated for the injuries and damages you suffered. You need an attorney who knows how to help you pursue the compensation that you need in order to make you whole again.
Negligence Law and San Antonio Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are governed by the law of negligence. In a negligence case, the motor vehicle accident victim must be able to prove certain elements in order to recover monetary compensation and damages. Motor vehicle drivers owe a duty to operate their vehicles safely under the circumstances existing at that time.
If the driver fails to operate the vehicle in a safe and careful manner and causes an accident, the accident victim may be able to recover damages for injuries sustained. However, the catch is that the injuries must be the direct result of the motor vehicle accident. We can help you prove the negligence elements that you need to prove in order to prevail in your car accident case.
Negligence Per Se in Drugged Driving Accident Cases
In cases where a driver violates a criminal statute, such as the DWI statute, that may be sufficient to constitute the liability – or fault – element of a negligence case. In other words, the at-fault driver’s violation of the criminal DWI statute is often sufficient to show that his or her actions were unreasonable and negligent under the circumstances. However, even in these cases, the accident victim will still need to prove that he or she sustained injuries and that these injuries were a direct result of the motor vehicle accident.
Suing the Vehicle Owner
In some cases, the owner and the driver of a motor vehicle are different people. If the vehicle owner gave permission to the drunk or drugged driver to operate the vehicle – or if the drunk or drugged driver is an agent, servant, or employee of the owner – then the owner could be responsible for some or all of the injuries and damages sustained. This is especially true if the driver was a repeat offender or had operated the vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the past. Our firm can investigate your case and name all potentially responsible individuals as defendants in your personal injury case. This is important because the vehicle owner may be the one with the insurance policy regarding the vehicle.
Injuries and Damages in Drugged Driving Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents caused by drugged drivers can result in serious injuries to innocent accident victims. This is because these accidents oftentimes occur totally out of the blue and at very high rates of speed. These collisions are also sometimes head-on, causing a direct impact with the accident victim’s vehicle. Common injuries in these accidents include spinal cord injuries, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, and bone fractures.
These injuries can also result in long periods of medical treatment and missed time from work. All related medical bills and lost wages are fully compensable under the law. An accident victim may also be able to recover monetary compensation for pain and suffering, inconvenience, permanent disability, and loss of enjoyment of life. Our experienced legal team can help you prove and maximize the amount of your damages in your personal injury case.
Contact a San Antonio Drugged Driving Accident Attorney Today for a Free Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation
There is no excuse for drugged or drunk driving on Texas roadways, and violators should be held accountable for their actions. At the Law Offices of George Salinas, we understand the pain, suffering, hassle, and inconvenience associated with being involved in a drugged driving motor vehicle accident. Our lawyers are ready and willing to fight for you and help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a San Antonio drugged driving accident attorney, please call us today at (210) 225-0909, or contact us online.