Tyler, Texas Drunk Driver / Auto Accident
Drunk drivers were involved in 956 fatality car wrecks in 2009. In spite of years of increased awareness of the problem of driving while intoxicated and the relentless efforts of organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), alcohol continues to be a leading cause of auto accidents resulting in serious injuries and death. Texas has recently passed California to become the state with the most fatality auto accidents caused by legally intoxicated drivers. In an effort to deter drunk drivers Texas has continually increased the criminal penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol. Texas Penal Code chapter 12 currently makes the first offense of drunken driving a class B misdemeanor, the second offense within 10 years a class A misdemeanor, and subsequent offenses without time limit a third degree felony. Nonetheless, drunk driving continues to be an increasing problem, particularly in Tyler and the surrounding East Texas area. Drunk drivers, texting drivers, and drivers talking on cell phones all have something in common….they have all made the conscious decision to engage in a high risk activity that endangers those around them.
It is important that an attorney who handles a drunk driver auto accident case emphasizes the reckless conduct of the drunken driver. Alcohol cases require an attorney to have a working knowledge of blood alcohol levels, how the human body metabolizes alcohol, and common drug and alcohol tests. Lawyers in drunk driving cases should seek both actual and punitive damages and must be familiar with the handling of punitive damages cases. We are experienced in all of these things and victims of drunk drivers who are in need of a Tyler drunk driver auto accident attorney should contact us today.
Tyler, Texas, is located in Smith County in the heart of East Texas. Tyler has become both the commercial and banking center for all of East Texas and an educational center being the home of the University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College. The medical community includes East Texas Medical Center, Trinity Mother Frances Health System, and the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler. Tyler is the county seat of Smith County and its courts include three county courts at law with expanded jurisdiction, four state district courts, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas – Tyler Division. Thus there are numerous courts in which a Tyler auto accident lawyer might file a serious personal injury case. Earl Drott has handled serious personal injury cases in all of the local courts.
Earl Drott Law is located in South Tyler. From the Smith County courthouse square in downtown Tyler proceed south on Broadway Avenue to the intersection with Front Street. Turn left on Front Street and proceed to the intersection with Beckham Avenue. Turn right on Beckham Avenue and proceed south until the intersection of South Beckham Avenue/Highway 110 and Golden Road. The Bank of America building will be on the right. Earl Drott Law is located on the fourth floor of the Bank of America building.