Those who drive in the state of Texas have a duty of care toward other motorists. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is generally considered to be a violation of that duty. Let’s take a closer look at some steps that you might want to take if you are involved in an accident caused by a negligent driver.
What are the elements of drunk driving?
As in most other states, drivers are prohibited from operating motor vehicles if their blood alcohol content is higher than .08%. An average person will need to consume at least five drinks to exceed that threshold. Of course, a motorist may be charged with drunk driving regardless of what his or her blood alcohol content was determined to be at the time of the accident.
What should you do after being struck by a drunk driver?
The first thing that you’ll want to do after a crash is to stop your vehicle and call for help. While waiting for help to arrive, you should take pictures of the crash scene, obtain the other driver’s information and obtain a statement from anyone who may have seen the crash occur. After being released from the scene by authorities, you should seek treatment from a medical professional. Taking such a step may help to diagnose an injury and take steps to minimize any long-term damage it might cause.
A motor vehicle accident may result in serious injuries, property loss and other damages. If your losses were the result of a crash caused by a drunk driver, that person may be liable for any financial losses that you incurred.