Auto Accidents

Drunks on the Road

San Antonio has a culture surrounded by social drinking. This city loves to party so much there is a week long celebration called Fiesta dedicated to it! Needless to say, the city has created a reputation for being a party town. With the increased opportunity to partake in libations comes an increased risk for accidents involving drunk drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a drunk driving accident, we here at Carabin & Shaw have a San Antonio drunk driving accident attorney ready to serve you.

Each and every year drunks on the road in San Antonio kill and seriously injure innocent victims as they commute to and from work or are out for a walk or taking a bike ride. It is unfortunate that after years of public safety campaigns these tragedies continue to occur. We can all agree more needs to be done to stop drunk drivers from seriously injuring themselves or others as theses accidents certainly are preventable.

Many people understand that alcohol & auto accidents should never mix and many will find themselves asking, D-U-WHY? Especially since all it takes to avoid a drunk driving accident is a little planning. The easiest way to avoid a drunk driving collision is to simply appoint a designated driver. If you find yourself in social drinking situations often take turns amongst friends playing that role.

For budget sensitive drinkers the best option to get home after drinking is public transportation. San Antonio is lucky to have a reliable bus system available to its citizens. By simply downloading the VIA goMobile app you can set yourself up to have a safe trip home. The app will help you know when and where to be to catch the bus to get an affordable and safe ride. Just be sure you have extra cash handy to cover necessary fares.

Now, with the advent of ride share apps like Uber and Lyft the opportunity to drink responsibly is easier than ever. There is no need for cash so utilizing these apps makes getting home very convenient. Simply download the app of your choice, input your banking information and request a ride to your favorite watering hole. When the time comes to go home log on to the app and request a ride home. Doing this will surely set you up to get home without incident.

Of course if all else fails, tried and trusted cabs are always a phone call away. And often times if you feel like you've had too much to drink an establishment will able to help you get a safe ride home, just ask.

Our attorneys realize that no matter how cautious you are, there is no way to prevent all drunk driving accidents. Over the last twenty years our team of lawyers have worked hard to protect the rights of these innocent victims involved in alcohol related accidents in San Antonio. What the general public may not realize is that Texas law holds accountable not only the drunks on the road but also bar owners, business owners, and others who serve or provide alcohol to visibly intoxicated people. If it is obvious that a person is intoxicated to the point that they present a clear danger to themselves and others, a duty arises to stop providing them with alcohol.

If a business continues to serve or provide alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person who later causes a traffic accident, the business may be held liable for the victim’s damages. These damages include: mental anguish, disfigurement, physical pain, loss of earning capacity, and loss of future earnings. Damages may also be awarded to cover a victim’s medical costs, including the costs associated with future care. Of course our skilled attorneys know how to help you recover these damages and are willing to help you get the most for your claim.

At Carabin & Shaw our lawyers are happy to represent accident victims in cases against drunk drivers and our firm is also willing to sue the bars and night clubs that over serve the drunks. We will go after both for our clients, if possible. While drunks on the road should be held accountable for his or her actions or conduct, other parties may also be to blame for drunk driving accidents too.

If you have been seriously injured or if your loved one has died as a result of a collision caused by a drunk driver, you are entitled to answers and may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys are ready to help you with your case. For more information, call Carabin & Shaw today.

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