Car Accidents Every year in the US more than 2 million people are injured
If a teen drinks, drives and causes an accident that harms you, you have the right to hold that teen accountable.
While a prosecutor may press criminal charges against the teen, you can pursue a civil lawsuit that seeks full compensation for your physical, emotional and financial harm.
A person who provided alcohol to the teen driver could also potentially be held liable in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
As the oldest personal injury law firm in Austin, we have extensive experience with handling drunk driving accident claims, including cases that involve teen drivers. We can review your legal rights and all of the options available to you.
Texas is a zero tolerance state. If a person under age 21 drives on a Texas public roadway with any amount of alcohol in his or her system, that person faces serious criminal penalties. Those penalties include:
If the minor is caught driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, those penalties increase in severity and can include time in jail.
However, despite these potential consequences, teens in Austin and throughout Texas continue to drink and drive, endangering themselves and others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 12.6 percent of Texas high school students who participated in a survey several years ago said they drink and drive — one of the highest percentages in the country.
Every year, 8-10 percent of the drunk drivers who are killed in crashes on our state’s roads are under the age of 21, Texas Department of Transportation figures show.
A lack of maturity and inexperience behind the wheel may explain why a teen causes an alcohol-related crash — but it does not excuse it. Drinking and driving is a choice — a bad one.
If a teen’s decision to drink and drive harmed you or your loved one, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. An experienced Austin car accident attorney from our firm will carefully guide you through that process.
When you bring a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a teen driver, you typically do not seek a recovery from the teen’s personal assets or those of the teen’s family. Instead, pursue a claim through the teen’s liability insurance coverage.
You can bring a civil claim regardless of whether the teen was convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). However, a conviction could factor into the potential settlement of your claim.
A teen’s violation of the Texas zero tolerance law can establish negligence per se. In other words, to hold the teen liable, you would not need to establish that the teen was negligent. Instead, you could be entitled to compensation based on proof that the teen violated the law, and this violation caused your injuries or the loss of your loved one.
The attorneys of Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP, know how to prepare strong cases for settlement negotiations and, if necessary, for trial. We thoroughly investigate cases and frequently work with accident reconstruction experts.
You can trust us to pursue a full and fair recovery of damages for you that may include:
You may be eligible for compensation if you were injured as a motorist, pedestrian or bicyclist in Austin. You may also be eligible to pursue a legal claim if you were a passenger in the teen’s car.
We will explore all options available to you. Those options may include turning to your own uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) insurance policy.
Our goal at Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP, will be to pursue maximum compensation for you. Depending on the facts of your case, we may go beyond the teen driver when seeking that compensation.
If a bar, store, restaurant or another type of vendor sold alcohol to the teen driver who caused your accident, you could seek damages through a “dram shop” claim. In this claim, you must show:
If a “social host” provided alcohol to the teen, you could possibly seek damages through a “social host liability” claim. In this type of claim, you would need to show that:
Section 2.02 of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code provides the legal basis for bringing these types of actions.
For more than five decades, car accident victims and their families in Austin have turned to the lawyers of Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP. We strive every day to uphold our firm’s tradition of providing skilled and compassionate service to our clients.
If you or a loved one suffered harm at the hands of a teen drunk driver, you can trust us to work hard for you and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.
Call or reach us online today to schedule a consultation about your case.