Every year thousand of people are injured or killed on Texas roads by drunk drivers.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a drunk driver you may not only have a negligence claim against the drunk driver, you may have a gross negligence claim.
In other words, if your car wreck or personal injury claim arises from a drunk driver it may be worth a lot more money than you might think.
Gross negligence under Texas law means that the actor’s conduct involved an extreme degree of risk considering the probability and magnitude of the potential harm to others and, despite an actual, subjective awareness of that risk, the actor nevertheless engaged in the conduct with conscious indifference to the rights, safety and welfare of others.
If the evidence demonstrates the actor engaged in gross negligence and the gross negligence was the proximate cause of an injury, the injured party may be able to recover punitive (exemplary) damages up to two times their economic damages in addition to their actual economic damages.
In addition, if you were injured a result of a drunk driver, you may have what is commonly referred to in Texas as a “Dram Shop” claim against a restaurant or bar for serving the driver too much alcohol.
If the evidence demonstrates the restaurant or bar knowingly served an intoxicated patron then the restaurant or bar may be responsible for your damages as well.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a drunk driver, call today for a free evaluation the merits of your claim.