Katy Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Did a drunk driver crash into you in Katy, Texas? Did you suffer severe injuries, or were your loved ones hurt? If so, the aggressive accident attorneys at Adams Law Firm will fight for your right to be compensated due to the other driver’s recklessness and negligence. We understand that accidents like these can be traumatic both physically and emotionally, and we will not only help you with your case but provide compassion and support in your time of need. We are determined to limit the challenges that can arise by getting you the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. Call us to set up a free consultation at (800) 559-0593 and one of our attorneys will discuss the best approach for your case.
How a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help
For collisions involving intoxicated drivers, having a lawyer is essential to getting the maximum compensation possible. Attorneys know best how to utilize the evidence that is available in their effort to get you a fair settlement. Some pieces of evidence that can be particularly important are the initial police report as well as the hospital’s medical report with details of the injuries you sustained. In addition, witness and expert testimonies can also prove to be very valuable, and something that your attorney can use to your benefit when preparing your claim.
Something to keep in mind for these types of cases is that there can be multiple injured parties, as well as multiple parties responsible. Your lawyer will explore whether other parties like a liquor store, restaurant or bar, or individual who hosted a private party may have contributed to the person’s intoxication. If they were overserved or should not have been provided with the alcohol they consumed before driving, the other party might share some responsibility for the crash.
Why Choose Us?
Our experienced team of attorneys at Adams Law Firm cares deeply about our clients’ wellbeing and will also do their absolute best to get you a favorable result in your case. This is why we tailor our approach and strategy to best fit each client in their particular case. Our collective experience providing effective representation for our clients lets us aggressively fight for your rights against insurance companies and get you the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Our outstanding reputation has facts to back it up: we have 35+ total years of competent legal advocacy for our clients, a spot on the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas list, and an AV Preeminent Rating for our strong code of ethics and proven legal skill. We understand the physical and emotional toll that a car accident can take on you and your loved ones.
Additionally, dealing with insurance companies and medical bills does not make the situation easier for victims. We are dedicated to helping you, and your loved ones recover and will relentlessly advocate for your right to get the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Getting Compensation For Victims of Drunk Drivers
Drunk driving cases are an example of blatant negligence on the part of the drunk driver, in more ways than one. Not only are they driving while intoxicated, which is a serious offense in itself, they are driving recklessly to the point where their carelessness leads to an accident, putting you and your passenger(s) in danger.
If you are a victim of a drunk driving accident, there are specific steps that you can take to limit the challenges of this unfortunate situation. First, if you are injured, you should call 911 and have them send emergency medical services to the scene of the accident. Secondly, you should take photos of the accident scene such as skid marks, the location of the vehicles involved, and other details that could prove to be valuable evidence later.
If there are witnesses present at the accident scene, see if you can obtain testimonies from them as this can also serve to strengthen your claim. After medical help arrives, retain the medical records as they could be important later on. Lastly, it would be advisable to contact an attorney as soon as possible for your case.
Following the accident, it is also wise to not speak with anyone who is looking for details about the accident. Most often, this will be an insurance company trying to offer you a lowball settlement or get you to say something that will hurt the credibility of your claim. Direct all of the questions or inquiries you may have to your attorney.
As mentioned above, you may encounter the question of whether bars or restaurants had a role in the accident. There are multiple scenarios where this is possible, and these establishments can be held liable for a drunk driving accident if they served alcohol to someone who was already visibly intoxicated, and who then caused an accident. This type of liability is commonly referred to as “dram shop liability”. Serving alcohol is a privilege, not a right, which is why a license is required for vendors. Bars and restaurants are required to comply with the guidelines of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which explain that vendors are legally obligated to stop serving alcohol to a patron.
If an establishment breaks these rules, they are held liable under “dram shop liability”. If you are a victim of a drunk driving accident in which you sustained serious injuries, you likely have a legitimate personal injury claim. In the case that you or a loved one were injured in a single-vehicle accident in which the driver had been served to excess, you may have a legitimate first party liability claim against the establishment that served them.
Drunk Driving Crashes in Texas
Unfortunately, drunk driving in Texas is a serious issue that still needs to be addressed. Approximately every 20 minutes, an accident caused by an intoxicated, reckless driver occurs in Texas in which someone is injured or killed.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Texas had its highest number of drunk driving fatalities in 2016 (1,438 fatalities). There were 949 drivers who carried a BAC of 15 percent or higher in that year. In 2015, Texas was also the state with the most drunk driving accident fatalities with 1,323 deaths that year.
In 2014, Texas also carried the highest number of DUI-related fatalities with 1,446 deaths. Moreover, thousands of people were reportedly injured from DUI accidents. As listed in the report, 2,302 people suffered incapacitating injuries, 5,893 people had non-incapacitating injuries, and 6,841 people had possible DUI injuries. When comparing the statistics from rural and urban areas, the data isn’t that much different.
Drunk driving seems to be an issue throughout the state. The cities in Texas with the highest number of DUI accidents in 2016 were San Antonio (1,845), Houston (1,492), Austin (1,432), Dallas (1,310), and El Paso (759).
Despite the fact that drunk driving remains an issue in Texas, there are strict laws and penalties in place to discourage people from driving while intoxicated. Fines can range from a few thousand dollars up to $10,000 for some offenses. Jail time can span from a few months to several years. Aside from fines and jail, some drivers may have their licenses suspended as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have compiled some frequently asked questions regarding drunk driving accidents that may be helpful to your situation.
If I am a passenger of a car where the driver is drunk and gets in an accident which causes myself to be injured, can I sue them?
Yes, even though the scenario of the “other” driver being at fault may be more commonly thought of, you may also seek compensation for injuries incurred as a result of your driver’s negligence. If the person who was giving you a ride was served alcohol at a bar or other establishment, you might also sue the business or host of the party, respectively, if it seems likely that they are liable.
Do criminal actions against a drunk driver have to be resolved before a civil suit can be filed?
No, you are free to file a civil claim against the negligent driver before their criminal case has been resolved. Be sure to contact an experienced injury attorney to discuss when you should file and let them assist you with settlement negotiations or file a lawsuit on your behalf if necessary.
If the driver who hit me was charged with drunk driving, does that prove my civil case?
Not necessarily; in Texas, anyone with a BAC of .08 or above is considered intoxicated and not fit to drive. However, the fact that they were charged with a DUI by law enforcement isn’t sufficient on its own for them to be held civilly liable for your injuries. Any civil injury action you take against the driver will be a completely separate legal action from their criminal case.
Our team of experienced drunk driving accident attorneys is always determined in their effort to help clients recover from a car accident and get back on track while getting the full amount of compensation they deserve. We will hold those responsible to be accountable for their negligence while making sure that your rights are always protected. Call Adams Law Firm for a free consultation at (800) 559-0593, and we’ll show you why we’ve been the preferred law firm for so many others just like you in Katy, Texas.
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