One of the most dangerous traffic laws a driver can violate is the Texas law against driving while intoxicated (DWI).1 Despite the very obvious and serious risks of DWI, safety advocacy organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has reported2 that Texas has the most deaths due to drunk driving than any other state in the U.S. In addition to tragic fatalities, thousands of people in Texas are left with serious and life-changing injuries following drunk driving crashes.
The only good news for drunk driving victims is that the law gives you the right to hold drunk drivers accountable for their negligent behavior by filing a personal injury claim to seek compensation for all of your losses. This case is separate from any criminal proceedings that may be initiated against the drunk driver. In order to recover financially, however, you must present evidence that they were negligent in violating a safety rule–in this case, the DWI law.
Evidence Against Drunk Drivers
There are many types of evidence that can be used to prove that a drunk driver was violating the law and was negligent in causing your collision and injuries. The following are only some examples of common evidence in a drunk driving case:
- Results of a breath or blood test performed by police officers indicating that the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was over the legal limit.
- Testimony from the police officers on the scene regarding the drunk driver’s performance on field sobriety tests (FSTs) or any other observed signs of intoxication.
- Credit card receipts from bars or restaurants prior to the crash.
- Witness statements regarding the drunk driver’s intoxicated behavior.
- Video surveillance footage showing the driver exhibiting common signs of drunk driving, such as weaving, swerving, or driving the wrong way.
Call to Find out More About How our Dallas Car Collisions Attorneys Can Help You
At Clements & Clements in Dallas, our drunk driving crash lawyers know how to gather evidence to prove that a drunk driver was negligent and caused your injuries. To learn more about your rights as a crash victim, call us for free at 214-827-1122 today.