A fierce advocate when a drunk driver is responsible for your injury
Drunk driving, also known as driving under the influence or DUI, is a serious offense leading to motor vehicle accidents and subsequent injuries every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA), Texas had the highest number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2016 (1,438 fatalities). We’ve represented injury victims, including those whose accidents resulted from drunk driving, for nearly 30 years. We know how to fight aggressively to help our clients obtain rightful compensation after an act of gross negligence leaves them or their loved ones seriously injured, and we’re well-prepared to advocate for you.
Drunk driving as a criminal offense and how it affects your case
Even a first-time drunk driving conviction carries misdemeanor penalties, including fines, possible jail time, community service, probation, license suspension and a court-ordered drug or alcohol-abuse class. In second and third offenses or in cases of vehicular homicide due to drunk driving, the penalties become much more severe. But criminal court charges have little to do with the compensation you might receive from the injuries you sustain.
When accidents caused by drunk driving cause injuries, the victims have the right to file civil court claims for medical care, property damage, lost wages, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. With help from a trusted auto accident lawyer, you can seek compensation from the drunk driver and the insurance company. In fact, because a drunk driver can be found not guilty in a criminal court but still negligent due to speeding or other recklessness, the insurance company is often left bearing the brunt of the personal injury costs. Insurers are notorious for trying to get out of paying what they owe, even if it means using bad faith practices. Therefore, it is crucial that the lawyer you choose to represent you understands how to provide protection from insurance tactics that would otherwise leave you with less than you deserve after sustaining an injury in a drunk driving accident.