Drunk Driving Accidents and Texas Law
Drunk driving car wrecks often result in serious injuries and fatalities in Dallas-Fort Worth. Frequently, it is a passenger riding in the drunk driver’s vehicle who is killed. In these situations, the driver is often a friend or a relative of the deceased – however, that does not mean that you should not make a wrongful death claim.
Under Texas law, passengers are protected by the driver’s liability insurance – as well as any Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance or Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage if the driver had any. It is common practice for a spouse to make a claim against their own husband or wife in a personal injury car accident where their spouse was the driver at-fault. The same concept applies in situations where the intoxicated motorist who caused the collision was the spouse, parent, sibling, cousin, or other relative of the deceased.
Why should I make a wrongful death claim?
It is always a good idea to consult with a Dallas-Fort Worth wrongful death lawyer if someone you love has been killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver – even if the deceased was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by a member of their own family. Depending on the circumstances of their accident, there might be a number of accident-related expenses which were incurred prior to their death, such as an ambulance ride to the hospital, emergency medical treatment, doctor’s fees, funeral expenses, etc.
In every case where someone dies as a result of fatal injuries sustained in a Dallas-Fort Worth drunk driving crash, there are a number of financial implications for the relatives of the deceased person. These include a loss of income to the household for any wages or salary earned by the deceased, as well as what is known as a “loss of services” for any unpaid contributions that person made, such as childcare services, cooking or cleaning.
Making a Claim Against a Driver with DUI Charges
If someone you love was killed in a car accident that involved a drunk driver and the driver faced DUI charges, it is very likely that you can win greater compensation than what the at-fault driver's insurance company may want to offer. This is why contacting a personal injury attorney is a very important step in obtaining any compensation you may be entitled to. A personal injury attorney can use the drunk driver's records as evidence, which would increase the credibility of your case. Also, if there are any other records associated with the drunk driver and a pre-existing negative driving record, the attorney can use it in a case. The insurance companies know that when they have to compensate the victim of a drunk driving accident, they will lose big time, which is why they try to lower their offer using several tactics. The attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm know exactly how to successfully fight for victims of drunk driving accidents, which is why we are fully committed to win.
Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident? Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today
If someone you love has been killed in a car wreck caused by a drunk driver, then there will certainly be some economic consequences for you and your family. A good Fort Worth injury and death attorney will be able to help you achieve justice and recover the damages that you deserve.
Call the Anderson Law Firm today to speak with a board certified Fort Worth wrongful death lawyer. Call toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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