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Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers

The Law Offices of Adrian Crane, P.C. April 23, 2015

We Are Dallas Drunk Driving (DUI/DWI) Accident Personal Injury Lawyers

Injuries caused by accidents with drunk drivers (vehicle operators who are driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol or other mind altering substances) are a serious problem in Dallas. Even careful drivers can have their lives shattered in a moment by a drunk driver.

Drunk drivers often cause worse auto accidents because of their lessened ability to reduce the consequences of an impending accident, which can mean more injuries, pain and suffering for you. In addition to your physical injuries can be the permanent impairment caused by the psychological scars the accident has left on your memory.

If the drunk driver was underinsured or not insured at all, and you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, we will seek to cover your losses through your policy. In many situations a claim can also be made through the Texas Crime Victims Compensation fund.

Helping Injured Texans Since 1991

As lawyers with more than twenty years of experience in helping victims of all kinds of accidents, we have successfully helped victims of drunk driving accidents for many years and will continue to seek justice from those that cause these needless injuries. We also represent family members whose loved ones have been killed or seriously injured by a drunk driver. We are here to aggressively and efficiently represent you or your family members in your time of need.

Our Dallas injury lawyers are experts at negotiating with insurance companies for you and on your behalf, so you won’t have to talk to insurance personnel about the accident and can focus on letting us handle the work while you get back to living a normal life.

What Should You Do If You Have Been In An Accident with a Drunk Driver?

Once you physically recover for the most part from the injuries of your auto accident, you may be unsure of what to do. Your car may have been damaged, you may have unpaid medical and ambulance bills and you may be suffering from permanent impairment.

Your first priority after a car accident is to physically and mentally recover from the accident, however, it is important for you to seek legal representation as soon as you are able. Car accidents caused by drunk drivers can cause terrible injuries and entitle the victims to seek damages from the drunk and his insurance carrier. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for your rights.

Texas Statute of Limitations

In Texas, the statute of limitations is generally two years. This means that under most circumstances, if a lawsuit has not been filed on your behalf within two years of the date of accident, you will not be able to pursue a claim for compensation.

Why You Should Immediately Hire an Experienced Competent Car Accident/DWI attorney

While you recover, the drunk driver’s insurance company is gathering information and creating a defense strategy to undermine your claim. The insurer has a legal duty to do whatever they legally can to keep their costs down, which means they do what they can to deny your claim, diminish their responsibility or discredit your injuries.

The drunk driver may be coached by the insurer’s attorney on what to say, his memory being foggy from the intoxication. They may attempt to get your statement before you hire an attorney, hoping that you will misspeak something or not remember key facts. They may even try to claim that even though their insured was drunk, they didn’t cause the accident.

Even though you and other witnesses at the scene including the police may know that the driver was drunk, serious damage can be done to your case when you don’t have an attorney. A personal injury lawyer that specializes in car accidents and DWI cases can help you by serving as an intermediary between you and the insurer or the drunk driver whose actions have already caused you enough trauma.

Experienced DWI car accident lawyers can help you recover money damages for your accident, holding the drunk driver responsible for his actions and providing you with financial compensation to pay for your care, and a sense of closure over the accident. We also represent family members in wrongful death cases where the drunk driver causes a fatality or serious injuries in the crash.

We Seek to Maximize Your Recovery

It was the drunk driver’s decision to drive while impaired that caused your injuries. Additionally, someone else may have facilitated the person to get behind the wheel by serving them alcohol when they were already intoxicated, and then allowing them to drive. As Dallas personal injury lawyers, we will claim against or sue the drunk driver and any other liable parties on your behalf, to hold them financially accountable as well as legally accountable for their crimes. When a bar has served alcohol to someone sufficient to get them drunk and they later cause an accident, these cases against the bars are called “Dram Shop” cases in Texas.

DWI and DUI cases can be brought when the driver is under the influence of a drug other than alcohol. A driver that was impaired or under the influence of any drug including cocaine, marijuana, crack, crystal methamphetamine, or even prescription drugs is liable for the damages they cause.

While a driver may not have been drunk in the traditional sense, anyone they injure is still entitled to recover money damages from them and their insurance carriers under Texas DUI and DWI laws because of their intoxication. Additionally, if you were injured by a drunk driver while you were on a motorcycle, scooter, bicycle, or even on foot, you have a right to retain a lawyer to sue the drunk driver for your injuries.

As Dallas injury lawyers, we have successfully represented many victims of car accidents especially accidents caused by drunk, intoxicated or impaired drivers.

You should consider hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer; one who has brought many claims under Texas law to recover for injuries caused by drunk drivers, so that you will receive the compensation you are entitled to.

The financial impact of lost wages and mounting medical bills is often overwhelming for DWI car accident victims. Compensation improves your quality of life and gives you a feeling that justice is available to those who are wronged; something that should be a part of a civilized society. The compensation you recover reimburses you or pays your past and future medical expenses, your past and future lost wages and compensates you for past and future pain and suffering.

Don’t Hire Just Any Dallas Texas Car Accident Law Firm

If you have the misfortune of being injured by a drunk driver, it’s your right to hold the individual accountable for his acts and to receive financial compensation. Financial compensation often brings a sense of closure that can contribute to your peace of mind.

During this time of need, having the very best in personal injury attorneys on your side can make all the difference in your claim. We have a solid track record of successfully obtaining compensation for victims and holding drunk drivers legally accountable for their actions.

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The intoxicated person causing the accident will likely have an insurance company financially responsible for their wrongful conduct. They have a responsibility to provide claims handlers to their insureds, and in the case where a lawsuit has been filed, they have a responsibility to provide defense attorneys to the person causing the accident (the insured) whose job it is to minimize the amount of damages that you are entitled to receive.

Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer such as those at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane is necessary to protect your rights to fair compensation and to punish the criminal wrongdoer who caused your injuries. Part of the punishment to the wrongdoer when insured is that the cost for insurance will go up or his policy may be cancelled.

A Car Accident Lawyer can Relieve Your Stress

Drunk driving accidents can cause severe injuries and wrongful death. The person responsible — the driver who chose to drink and drive — should be held financially accountable as well as criminally accountable. In some cases, the owner of the car that allowed the drunk to drive the car can and should be held responsible for allowing the intoxicated person to have access to a car. This is called negligent entrustment.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver, talk to an Dallas DWI drunk driver accident injury lawyer.

Some of the worst automobile accidents are caused by drunk drivers. These types of cases need experienced personal injury lawyers who are focus their practice on representing injured Texans.

We Will Work Hard to Protect You From Abusive Insurance Companies

It is important for you to contact a lawyer as soon as you can after an accident to make sure evidence is preserved and your rights are protected.

Driving while intoxicated, (also known as DUI or driving under the influence and in some areas Driving While Ability Impaired) can be caused by many factors. The most common type of intoxication is caused by consumption of alcohol. However, as previously stated, drivers often become intoxicated through prescription and illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine and other substances. Intoxication by any means can cause life changing accidents and horrific injuries.

Free Consultation; No Fee Unless We Recover for You

At The Law Offices of Adrian Crane, our Dallas personal injury and car and truck accident lawyers can help you seek monetary damages (including punitive damages) against a drunk or intoxicated driver. We handle:

  • Car Accidents

  • Truck Accidents

  • Motorcycle Accidents

  • Catastrophic Injuries

  • Wrongful Death

  • DWI Accidents and all other kinds of accidents where someone is injured due to the fault of another person.

As part of our representation of you, we will investigate the facts of your accident and we will determine how the accident happened. Where police officers have performed a blood alcohol test, we will acquire the test results to provide proof of the drunk’s intoxication. When possible, we will check the prior criminal record of the person causing the accident to see if they have a past record of drunk driving or drunk driving accidents. When a police report, also called an accident report was made, we will obtain it and monitor the progress and status of the criminal prosecution of the perpetrator. Where appropriate, our law firm will talk to witnesses and gather other evidence of the criminal charges. In a situation where another person is responsible in addition to or other than the driver, we will investigate their potential liability for their actions including but not limited to permitting the person to drive, providing the alcohol or intoxicants, negligently providing employment to the driver and other possible areas of legal responsibility.

Assisting, Advising and Helping Injured Texans Since 1991

Our lawyers and staff want to listen to you. We will want to know the circumstances of the accident and how it and your injuries have affected you. If a family member was killed in a DUI or DWI accident, we want to know how the wrongful death affected you and your family. This is needed to help secure the proper damages to you and your family.

We will be in your corner just as the insurance company’s representatives will be in the corner of the liable party. You need someone to aggressively represent you because the insurance company will aggressively represent the drunk who harmed you and your family.

Remember; the insurance company has a legal duty to their shareholders to pay you as little for your claim as they can legally get away with. Their job is not to pay you fair compensation; it is to pay you as little as they can get away with.

Oftentimes insurance companies provide coverage to people who have substance abuse problems who should not be on the roads.

Our attorneys who are experienced in representing victims of DWI and DUI claims will work hard to lower your stress and handle your claim in a professional knowledgeable manner in an effort to maximize your recovery. We fight for the rights of victims in the courtroom when appropriate and necessary. If punitive (exemplary) damages can be obtained for you in your case, we will pursue the maximum amount allowed by available assets and policy limits.

Helping Injured Texans; We have More than 40 Years Combined Experience

All injuries are serious and warrant representation by an experienced lawyer when they are caused by automobile accidents especially when they are caused by the negligence of an intoxicated or drunk driver; you only get one body, and we all need to work together to make Texas as safe as possible. Holding drunk drivers responsible for their acts is one way we can all work together to make Texas safer.

The personal injury lawyers you hire should be experienced in handling cases against drunk drivers. They should have the time and take the time to discuss all relevant aspects of your situation with you, explain all your options to you in plain language and have the time to properly represent you. Contact the Dallas car and truck personal injury attorneys at the law offices of The Law Offices of Adrian Crane and start restoring your life.

The attorneys at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane will use their extensive experience in recovering compensation for accident victims to aggressively pursue drunk drivers and other responsible parties for all the damages they have caused their victims.

Start with a Free Consultation

Were you seriously or catastrophically injured in any kind of car or truck accident? If so, do not hesitate to request a free case evaluation from the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane. Call us or contact us online with the free case evaluation form on this website.

Lawyers at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane provide an effective combination of resources, experience, patience and determination for people who have sustained injuries in car accidents.