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406 N. Grant St.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
1020 Lomas Blvd., NW
Las Cruces, New Mexico
1591 E. Lohman
Hobbs, New Mexico
1515 W. Calle Sur St., Suite 101
Our New Mexico offices are in MST and our Texas offices are in CST.
Drunk Driver Cases
- Every 40 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver. Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “2007 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment-Alcohol Impaired Driving Fatalities” DOT 811 016. Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008.
- Drunk drivers on average have driven drunk 87 times prior to being arrested for DUI/DWI. Fell, Jim. “Repeat DWI Offenders in the United States.” Washington, DC: National Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Tech No. 85, February 1995.
- Alcohol-related crashes cost the American public an estimated $114.3 Billion in 2000. Taylor, Dexter; Miller, Ted; and Cox, Kenya. “Impaired Driving in the United States Cost Fact Sheets.” Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2002.
- • At blood alcohol levels (BAC) as low as 0.02% alcohol affects driving ability. Crash probability increases significantly at 0.05%. Zador, Paul, Sheila Krawchuk, and Robert Voas. “Relative Risk of Fatal Crash Involvement by BAC, Age, and Gender.” HS 809 050. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2000.
- At 0.08% the risk of a deadly crash is 11 times greater and 29 times higher at 0.10%. Zador, Paul, Sheila Krawchuk, and Robert Voas. “Relative Risk of Fatal Crash Involvement by BAC, Age, and Gender.” HS 809 050. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2000.
MIXING ALCOHOL & GREED: Corporate Alcohol Policy to “Butter Up Customers”
When a multi-billion dollar Texas Oil company bought out a local family business, things changed in a big way. The oil company was willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get business; including encouraging its sales reps to purchase alcohol using company funds. The salesman who killed our client while driving drunk stated purchasing alcohol was a way to ‘butter up’ the customers. Red flags were everywhere. A Regional Manager calculated that the local corporate store’s entertainment expenses were the highest in the nation. Although aware of the problem, that didn’t stop the salesman from starting to drink early that day on company premises during work hours at a customer appreciation pot luck lunch. Later that day and evening the drinking continued with the salesman joined by the Senior Sales personnel and the person in charge of conducting employee safety meetings. It was undisputed that company customers were present while the group bar hopped. At approximately 11:00 o’clock p.m. the salesman drove his company truck towards home. It was two days before Christmas. Our client had just finished her shift at work. The event recorder subsequently retrieved from the company truck revealed that the intoxicated salesman actually accelerated in the face of a red light thereby striking and killing our client. Blood tests performed an hour after the fatal collision revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.23%; approximately three times drunk. The corporation denied all responsibility. That night, the drunk driver salesman denied drinking while at work on the company premises and told the interviewing officer that he did not “need to know” the identity of his co-workers who had partied with him. The same co-workers later refused to answer police questions.
Although devastated and in shock, family members had the wherewithal to call our firm in search of answers. Within 30 minutes of the initial call, our firm had a team of attorneys and investigators in route to the scene. The Texas oil corporation authors of an alcohol policy which mixed greed and alcohol did not yield its secrets easily. Our firm traveled clear across the States of New Mexico and Texas to obtain the testimony of approximately 100 witnesses in search of the truth and justice. During the course of our investigation, a company salesman testified that he was instructed by management not to answer any police questions because “the company would take care of it.” In Houston, Texas, the headquarters of the Texas Oil Corporation, upper management testified that the purchase of alcohol increased the company’s profits. In the end, our firm accomplished what it set out to do. We brought the truth to the family and we brought justice by way of a confidential settlement to sufficiently provide our clients with financial security.
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