Dallas Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Drunk driving is incredibly negligent behavior on Dallas roads. If you were injured because of a drunk driver, you have rights. Even if the driver is charged for their behavior, you still have expenses that need to be paid. Thankfully, Dallas drunk driving accident lawyers exist to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
All drivers in Texas have a duty to drive safely. If the other driver chose to drink and drive, they should pay for the costs of the accident they caused. Our Dallas car accident lawyers are here to help you file a claim and seek the financial recovery you’re entitled to receive.
Contact us today and we’ll give you a FREE consultation. We do not charge a fee unless we win you money, so there is no risk to you. Call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online to get started with your FREE consultation today.
Drunk Driving Statistics to Know
According to facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Nearly 30 people in the United States are killed in drunk driving accidents every day. That’s the equivalent of one person dying every 50 minutes.
- More than 10,000 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2018 based on crash stats.
- Deaths and damages from drunk driving accidents cost $44 billion in 2010 (the most recent year that data was available).
Drunk driving fatalities are especially problematic in Texas. There were a total of 3,732 alcohol-related accident deaths in Texas between 2017 and 2018. This was the highest number of all states except California.
Drunk driving deaths have thankfully been decreasing in recent decades, but too many lives are still taken because of drinking and driving. Even a small amount of alcohol (well below the legal limit) in a driver’s system can cause dangerous impairments. For example, the legal limit is 0.08 blood alcohol content (BAC), but as little as 0.02 can alter a driver’s mood, judgment, attention, and visual functions.
If you were injured in an accident because of a drunk driver, you should not have to pay for the other driver’s poor decisions. Contact a Dallas drunk driving accident lawyer who can look at the details of what happened and help you build a case. Call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online to learn more during a FREE consultation.
Three Steps to Take Right Away After a Drunk Driving Accident in Dallas
The damage from drunk driving accidents can be very serious, so your well-being is the number one priority after your accident. That being said, if you are well enough to perform certain actions, the following steps can really help your case.
1. Get Emergency Medical Treatment
If you or anyone else involved in the accident have serious or life-threatening injuries, call 911 and tell them you need emergency medical services to come to the scene.
If you don’t receive medical treatment right after the accident, see a doctor as soon as possible. If you wait too long to get medical attention, it can hurt your case. The at-fault driver’s insurance company might use it to say you were not hurt as badly as you say, for example.
Also, try to save all medical records and other documentation showing your treatment. This will be important evidence to include in your insurance claim.
2. Document the Scene
The scene of an accident is not preserved for long. If you are well enough to do so, you can document what happened through:
- Pictures of the entire scene, your injuries, vehicle damage, and the positions of the cars
- Video of the drunk driver’s behavior right after the accident
- Contact information for any eyewitnesses to the accident
The more details you can get at the scene, the better. Your lawyer will likely go back to the scene as well, but you are in a unique position to preserve it right after the crash. Your lawyer will also reach out to witnesses to gather statements about what they saw.
3. Talk to a Dallas Lawyer
After you get medical treatment and are stable, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced Dallas drunk driving accident lawyer. This is the best way to protect your rights and know you are on the right track towards fair compensation.
How a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case
After an accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will spring into action. They might try contacting you by phone or mail. Be wary of this.
The insurance company might do things like:
- Offer you a quick settlement after the accident
- Call you and ask for a recorded statement
- Try to casually downplay the seriousness of your injuries
- Ask how you are doing and appear friendly
Do not trust any of these actions. Even if the insurance adjuster seems friendly and caring, they are not on your side. Their job is to look for ways to pay as little as possible on car accident claims like yours.
Before speaking to the other driver’s insurance company at all, it’s best to contact a drunk driving accident lawyer. Once you have a lawyer, your lawyer can handle all communication and negotiation with the insurance company. Plus, when an insurer sees you have hired a lawyer, they are more likely to take you seriously and consider a better settlement offer.
How a Dallas Drunk Driving Accident Case Gets Resolved
There are two main ways a drunk driving accident case ends:
- Through an insurance settlement
- During a court trial.
1. Insurance Settlement
Most car accident claims are resolved through an insurance settlement and never have to go to court. You can file a claim with the drunk driver’s insurance company outlining your damages and requesting compensation for those damages.
After you file your claim, the insurance company might respond with a counter-offer. This offer is usually a lowball that doesn’t come close to covering your damages. Your lawyer will gather evidence and work to negotiate for a settlement that is actually fair to you.
If you have a strong enough case, the insurance company will agree to pay you what you deserve. This is where having an experienced lawyer on your side is invaluable.
2. Court Trial
Although most car accident cases end in a settlement, a small percentage do go to court. If a court trial is the best option, your drunk driving accident lawyer will be there every step of the way to represent you. They will work to get you an award during the trial or come to a settlement with the insurance company before the trial happens.
Speak with a Dallas Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer During a Free Consultation Today
Get the legal help you need and deserve after a drunk driving accident in Dallas. Our Dallas car accident lawyers can help, starting with a FREE, no-obligation consultation. Call us at (214) 305-8277 or reach out to us online to get started with your FREE consultation today.