Serious collisions are always tragic, whether they occur between two passenger cars or between an 18-wheeler and a personal vehicle. But professionally trained and licensed truck drivers should feel a much greater level of responsibility toward their driving than the public at large.
Driving errors and honest mistakes take the lives of hundreds of people every year in Texas. Whether these awful events occur on the tollways, rural highways, expressways or city streets makes no difference to the families affected, but the fact that some commercial trucking accidents are caused by driving under the influence of legal or illegal substances should make everyone think long and hard about the reasons for these kinds of senseless events. The tragedy, in many ways, is that impaired driving collisions that lead to someone else’s injury or death are still referred to as “accidents” by some.
Anyone who considers DWI or DUI as a worthwhile diversion is bound to, sooner or later, wind up in trouble with the law. Unfortunately, many drinkers who habitually get behind the wheel of a passenger car or commercial truck hardly know how to stop their destructive course until it is often too late. Traffic safety experts and police departments nationwide have warned of the negative effects of driving while impaired, but it is the victims of drunk or drug-impaired drivers who quite often end up paying the ultimate price.
Victims of intoxicated or impaired drivers often have the right to pursue civil cases to recover compensation for injuries and losses caused by DWI accidents. In crashes involving catastrophic injury or death, lawsuits are usually the only way to free families from the devastating economic hardship brought on by such accidents.
Proving negligence in a Texas DUI or DWI civil case may not be that difficult, depending on the outcome of the criminal case. The burden of proof in a civil case is much less than in a criminal case and is referred to as a preponderance of evidence. In drunk driving accidents caused by commercial drivers, the transportation company may also be liable.
If you or a family member has been victimized by an intoxicated or impaired driver, contact Brent Cordell for a free consultation. We believe that drivers who cause accidents while impaired by alcohol or drugs must be held accountable for the damages they cause.