Drunk drivers are perhaps the most dangerous motorists on Texas roads. Since their ability to operate a vehicle is so impaired they have absolutely no business being behind the wheel. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car wreck caused by an intoxicated, then you should not hesitate to contact a Fort Worth personal injury and wrongful death lawyer who will pursue your case as aggressively as the law permits.
To help you understand your rights as an alcohol-related crash victim, we have gathered together some of the essential information you need to know:
What to Do If You’ve Been in a Traffic Accident
Being involved in a multi-vehicle collision can throw you for a loop. It’s likely not something that you’ve had to deal with before, so you might be unsure what needs to be done. The most important things you do immediately after a wreck are to get yourself checked out by a doctor even if you don’t believe that you are seriously injured and to contact your insurance company to let them know that you were involved in a crash. If you need to make a claim for compensation, then you should also contact a board certified attorney as soon as possible.
Learn more about the steps you should take after any traffic accident.
You Still Have a Right to Pursue a Civil Claim Even When the Drunk Driver Faces Criminal Charges
Driving while intoxicated is illegal. If the motorist who caused you crash was drunk, then it is highly likely that they will be arrested and face prosecution. This does not affect your right to make a civil claim for damages against their insurance company. With the aid of a Texas trial lawyer, it is often very easy to prove negligence in a drunk driving accident case, so that you can recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Learn more about your right to recover financial damages in a drunk driving wreck.
Making a Claim against the Provider of the Alcohol
If the drunk driver who caused your wreck did not carry enough insurance to cover all your medical bills and other accident-related costs, Texas law grants you the right to pursue an additional claim against the bar, restaurant or liquor store which provided them with the alcohol as they would be considered liable if they served someone who was already clearly intoxicated. This is called a dram shop claim.
Learn more about dram shop claims and liquor liability law.
Receiving a Bill from Emergency Services
If you were involved in a car wreck in Dallas-Fort Worth, it is not uncommon for you to receive a bill from the local police, firefighters and other emergency responders to attend to the accident scene. If you were not at-fault for the wreck, then it is not your responsibility to pay. In a drunk driving accident, for example, then the bill should be paid by the drunk driver’s insurance provider.
Learn more about liability for emergency services bills after a DWI accident.
Making a Claim When the Drunk Driver Died in the Wreck
Sadly, it is not uncommon for the intoxicated motorist to be killed in the collision which they caused. If you were injured, or if someone you love also lost their life because of the drunk driver’s negligent actions, however, it in no way affects your right or ability to make a claim. If the at-fault driver was insured, their policy is still valid even though they did not survive. You should not feel bad about making an insurance claim in this situation.
Learn more about your right to make a claim when the negligent party died in the crash.
Personal Injury Attorneys Fight for Drunk Driving Victims
While there are many attorneys that may offer their services, there are only a few that have a board certification in Texas. The attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm not only have an ample amount of experience in representing victims of drunk driving accidents, we have an excellent history of successfully winning compensation for our clients. We offer our services in a contingency basis, which means that you don't pay a single penny if your case isn't won. Our legal and professional team have the highest standards, and we are determined to not stop until we give our clients the compensation they deserve.
While these articles should provide you with some insight into your legal rights and responsibilities if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, there is still no substitute to talking over your personal situation with an experienced Fort Worth trial lawyer. Please call us toll free at any time at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900 for a no fee, no obligation consultation on your case.
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