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DUI Accidents Can Lead To Wrongful Death Claims

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Wrongful DUI DeathPursuing a wrongful death claim is never easy because it means that you have tragically and unexpectedly lost a loved one in an accident or other incident. At the law office of Clements & Clements in Dallas, we understand how difficult this time must be for you. We also understand that a wrongful death suit can not only help out a devastated family with their financial losses resulting from the death, but can also provide a sense of closure and justice against the wrongdoer. If you have wrongfully lost a loved one due to preventable injury, call our office today at (800) 750-1126 to discuss how we can help you.

Holding Intoxicated Drivers Accountable

Every day in Dallas and across the United States, we see tragic headlines of  innocent victims killed by drivers who were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the following statistics1, which demonstrate the magnitude of the problem:

  • 10,322 people in the United States died in DUI-related accidents in 2012 alone
  • 239 children under the age of 14 were killed by drunk drivers in 2012, and 124 of those children were riding in the same vehicle as the drunk driver
  • An estimated 30 Americans die from DUI accidents each day, which means approximately one fatality every 51 minutes.

As you can see, numerous families in the United States suffer the tragic and avoidable loss of a loved one in a DUI accident. Many of these families seek to hold the intoxicated driver fully accountable for causing the unnecessary death.

Civil Case Is Different Than The Criminal Case

Drunk drivers who kill innocent victims in accidents generally face severe criminal charges, convictions, and even prison sentences. However, a prison sentence does not compensate the surviving family members for the losses they suffered. For this reason, Texas law2 allows family members to bring a separate case against the driver in civil court called a wrongful death claim. This civil case can allow the family to recover for financial losses they suffered such as lost future income and burial costs, as well as compensation for loss of companionship, loss of support, and much more.

1http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html
2http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/CP/htm/CP.71.htm