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DUI Accidents and Wrongful Death Claims

      Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol knowingly risks their life and the lives of others on the road. 

      Some intoxicated drivers will be stopped and charged with driving while under the influence; others may make it home unscathed this time and wonder the next morning how they got there.  Still others will be involved in an accident that seriously injuries or kills themselves or others. 

      Driving while intoxicated accidents are not just reserved for the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve.  They can and do happen every day, at all hours of the day.  They occur whenever someone has the poor judgment to elect not to take a cab or seek an alternative ride home.  Unfortunately, it is the innocent drivers and bystanders that suffer the gravest consequences of the drunk driver’s actions.

Civil Suits for DUI Injuries and Deaths vs. Criminal Proceedings

      Civil suits can include personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death proceedings.  These actions are distinct from criminal proceedings that the drunk driver may face.  Criminal proceedings are intended to protect the public by deterring the offender from engaging in repeat actions, as well as punishing the driver for his or her reckless behavior. 

      A drunk driver may face several different consequences criminally, including prison time, fines and fees, loss of their license, and much more.  Criminal prosecution can occur even if no injury or death was inflicted.

      Civil cases, on the other hand, stem from an injury lawsuit filed by the victim of the drunk driver or, in the event of a fatal accident, a wrongful death suit filed by the family members of the deceased victim.  If you have lost a loved one in a DUI related accident, a wrongful death suit may be your only avenue of recovering for the numerous losses you sustained due to the accident. 

Rights of Family Members

      The family members of victims killed in DUI related accidents, generally spouses, children, parents, and siblings, may have the right to sue the at-fault driver who suddenly claimed the life of their loved one. 

      In a wrongful death action, the intoxicated driver who caused the death of your loved one can be held responsible and ordered to pay damages to the surviving family members.  Family members will need to prove the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident or otherwise acted in a negligent manner.

      The purpose of wrongful death actions is twofold: first, to compensate the family members for their loss, and second to punish the negligent or even reckless intoxicated driver.  Possible damages awarded may include:

  • Medical expenses incurred by the victim prior to death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Mental and emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship, love, and support
  • Financial losses
    • Lost savings
    • Lost earning potential

      Your attorney will assist you in fighting for all the damages to which you may be entitled.   

Zinda Law Group:  Protecting the Family Members of Those Killed by Drunk Drivers

      When people elect to drive drunk, they risk their lives and the lives of those around them.  If your loved one was killed by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss.  The Texas Wrongful Death Attorneys at Zinda Law Group have assisted the family members of those killed by intoxicated drivers for decades. 

      We will zealously fight for your full wrongful death award, including lost income and savings, emotional pain and suffering, psychological counseling, and loss of companionship.  Call Zinda Law Group toll free at 800-863-5312 to schedule your free consultation.