Houston, Dallas And McAllen Texas Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
We all know that drunk drivers can be charged with a crime if they cause an accident or injury. Many people are not aware that the victims of drunk drivers can file a civil claim against the person who hurt them and potentially their insurance provider. These civil cases allow the injured person to get compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses and other expenses caused by their accident.
At Rose Sanders Law Firm, PLLC, our Texas Car Accident Lawyers represent the victims of drunk drivers across Texas from our offices in Houston, Dallas and McAllen. We use our years of experience with all types of car accident cases to create robust legal strategies that get results. You can learn more about how we can help you by scheduling your free consultation. Please call us at 713-231-9288 to set up your free first meeting.
Holding Drunk Drivers Financially Responsible For Accidents And Injuries
As your representation, our lawyers will aggressively pursue the maximum recovery for all the damages you or your loved one experienced because of the drunk driver. Our personal injury lawyers will analyze every detail of your accident and craft a personalized plan for your case. In addition to collecting evidence, we will scrutinize every detail of a criminal case brought against the driver to create the most substantial accident claim.
Even if the driver who caused the accident is acquitted of DUI charges, you may be able to bring a civil case against them. Our lawyers will determine what compensation can be obtained and use creative approaches to get compensation. If the negligent parties do not offer a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to take your case to the courtroom.
In addition to handling straightforward drunk driving cases, we also handle related cases involving:
- The Texas Dram Shop Act
- Drunk drivers who are working at the time of the accident
- Minors who cause drunk driving accidents
- Fatalities caused by drunk drivers
The Deadly Consequence of Driving Drunk
If a drunk driver causes you to be injured in a car accident, the losses you endure (what the law calls your damages) can be extensive. In addition to property damage to your vehicle, there are a variety of physical, financial, and emotional losses that commonly apply.
Drunk drivers often cause terrifying, violent accidents that leave their victims seriously injured. Often, such injuries require ongoing medical attention, and if your injuries lead to secondary health concerns, your medical costs can be that much steeper. Common medical expenses include:
- Emergency care at the scene of the accident and emergency transportation from the scene of the accident
- Surgical care and follow-up medical attention
- Appointments with doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals
- Medical treatments, tests, and procedures
- Physical therapy and/or occupational therapy
- Pain management
- Prescription medications
- Home health care
- Adaptive physical devices
A serious injury can mean an extended amount of time off the job, which can translate to considerable financial losses. Additionally, a serious injury can affect your ability to do your job and lead to a decrease in earning potential. Losses of this kind can also have an emotional effect – due to the depth of meaning many of us derive from our careers.
Pain and Suffering
The violent crash you endure as a result of a drunk driver can lead to considerable physical and emotional pain and suffering. While your pain and suffering are more difficult to categorize and put a price on, the damage is very real and should not be overlooked or downplayed. Some of the telltale signs of emotional distress include the following:
- Severe mood swings
- Sleep disturbances that can include nightmares, insomnia, and/or night terrors
- Depressive episodes
- Increased anxiety and panic attacks
- Increased irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- Accident flashbacks
- Fear of driving
These and other PTSD-like symptoms can serve as a double-edged sword that keeps your support system at bay just when you need them the most.
Injuries Common to Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk drivers are erratic drivers, which makes them some of the most dangerous drivers out there. While accidents caused by drunk drivers can leave you with virtually any kind of injury, some are more common than others.
A broken bone is a very painful injury that is not only can take weeks or months to heal but can also lead to serious secondary health concerns. Complicated breaks are more prone to health complications, such as chronic pain and severe limitations related to range of motion. Serious breaks can require multiple surgeries and extensive follow-up care.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect your very sense of self, which makes it one of the most difficult injuries to overcome. Our brains make us who we are as individuals, and even a minor injury can prove emotionally devastating. TBIs are as serious as they are unpredictable and difficult to treat effectively. Just to make the matter that much more challenging, TBIs can hide in plain sight – with few (or no) outward symptoms – until the injury becomes even more serious and more difficult to treat.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can happen anywhere on the spinal cord, and they are most closely associated with immense physical pain and severe decreases in range of motion. If the spinal cord is seriously injured or severed in a car accident, it can mean permanent paralysis and a lifetime of medical and personal care needs.
Burns, Cuts, and Abrasions
Burns, cuts, and abrasions are common in car accidents, and they are painful injuries that are closely associated with serious infections. If the burns, cuts, and/or abrasions you suffer are on or near your face, they can lead to permanent disfigurement and the emotional challenges that are associated with consequences of this magnitude.
The statistics related to drunk driving are nothing if not sobering, including the following shared by the National Safety Council (NSC):
- Motorists who are impaired by alcohol are a primary safety concern on our roadways.
- In 2019 alone, drunk driving left 10,142 people dead.
- Twenty-eight percent of all traffic-related deaths in 2019 were caused by drunk driving.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that raising the drinking age to 21 has saved more than 31,000 lives since 1975.
Despite careful efforts to seriously curtail drunk driving, it remains a real threat throughout the nation and in the State of Texas.
If You’ve Been Injured by a Drunk Driver
If a drunk driver causes you to be injured in a car accident, there are certain steps that you should take to help you regain your health and well-being and to help you protect your car accident claim.
Seek the Medical Attention You Need
Even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, seeking medical attention sooner rather than later is well advised. Some injuries are slow to develop noticeable symptoms, but this does not stop them from becoming more serious over time – and more difficult to treat effectively.
Consult with an Experienced Texas Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
The next order of business is reaching out to a dedicated Texas drunk driving accident lawyer – serving Houston, Dallas, and McAllen. The sooner you have professional legal counsel in your corner, the better protected your legal rights and the better chance you stand of obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled.
Allow Your Texas Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer to Speak on Your Behalf
The fact is that the insurance company handling your claim is well versed in obtaining official statements from accident victims like you that ultimately hurt their own claims. You are not required to provide the insurance company with a statement, and you are far better off allowing your skilled drunk driving accident lawyer to do so on your behalf.
Contact an Aggressive Texas Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers to Learn More In Your Free Consultation
We’ve worked extensively on both sides of personal injury law, including insurance adjusting, which leaves us uniquely well qualified to help guide your claim toward its most advantageous resolution.
Rose Sanders Injury Law will help you and your family protect your rights and get justice while holding the drunk driver accountable. In your free consultation, we will answer your questions and determine your next steps. Please call us at 713-231-9288 or send us an email to schedule your free consultation.