Car wrecks caused by drunk drivers are not so much an accident as they are an inevitability. As a Johnson County attorney, it constantly astounds me that people continue to get into the driver’s seat after consuming vast quantities of alcohol. If you can barely walk to your car in a straight line, what on earth makes you think you drive home safely? Don’t be stupid. No life – not even your own – is worth the risk. Get a cab or call a friend to give you a lift.
Unfortunately, it seems that not a week goes by in North Texas without news of some devastating multi-vehicle collision caused by an intoxicated driver. I’ve helped many of these victims as a Cleburne personal injury lawyer since 1991. I’ve seen firsthand not just the range of terrible injuries caused by drunk drivers (fractured bones, blunt force trauma, brain injuries) and the disturbing physiological affect the accident has on the victim and their loved ones afterwards. Even if they survive their wounds, their lives are shattered. All because of one antisocial individual who got behind the wheel when they knew they were incapable of safely operating the vehicle.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligent actions of an intoxicated driver, it’s important that you understand your legal rights. Even if the drunk driver is arrested and charged with a DWI, Texas law still gives you the right to make a separate civil claim for compensation against their insurance company. Even if you have good health insurance, you will likely spend thousands of dollars on co-pays and deductibles to be treated for your injuries. When your provider learns that your injuries are the result of an alcohol-related crash, it’s quite possible that they might refuse to pay for your surgeries and medicines, demanding instead that the at-fault driver’s insurance company cover the costs. This is commonly known as subrogation.
Regardless of whether your health insurance is paying for your medical treatment or not, it’s critical that you realize the financial burden the crash will have on you will likely take a toll. Remember, unpaid doctor bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy in America. If a drunk driver was responsible, then you should not hesitate to make a claim against their insurance company.
For a free, no obligation consultation on your personal rights and responsibilities are they relate you your unique situation, please give me a call and I’ll be happy to help in any way I can. Call me toll free at 800-345-6275 or contact me online.
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