Being involved in any type of drunk driving accidents can be seriously disruptive to your life, both because of the physical injuries that you may sustain, and the long-term economic impacts that you may need to deal with as a result of this situation. These accidents can be even more frustrating if the other driver was drunk, and you are left with anger throughout the process knowing that you may not be in these circumstances if they had not made such a dangerous decision.
Our personal injury attorneys understand your frustration, and we want to do everything we can to help you get the justice and the compensation that you deserve for such an upsetting experience. The added emotional stress is shown to have a serious negative impact on your physical recovery, which is why we think it is so important to handle all of the stress for you and to give you the confidence of knowing that you are in good hands during this legal process.
Read more below to learn about how we can help you through the litigation process after being injured in a drunk driving accident, and contact us now to schedule an initial consultation. While the following information is meant to provide you with an overview of what to expect with a Texas drunk driving lawsuit, the best way to learn about your specific situation is by speaking directly with an experienced attorney. During this call, you will be able to ask questions about different details of your accident, injuries, expenses, and recovery, and finish this meeting with a much better understanding of the type of help available that is available for you.
What To Do After Being Involved In a Drunk Driving Accident
The most important thing to do with any accident is to make sure that you and your passengers are safe, that 911 has been notified, and that the emergency responders are on their way to secure the area and provide emergency medical care.
Assess the Situation and Act Accordingly
If you suspect that anyone in your vehicle has suffered from internal bleeding, a spine injury, or a neck injury, it is very important that you do not move them, as this can exacerbate the injury significantly. However, it is otherwise important to make sure that you and your passengers are out of the way of any additional harm, such as another accident with oncoming traffic. If possible, try to get out of the road and onto the median strip, breakdown lane, a sidewalk or curb, or otherwise out of harm’s way. If you are unable to, the police will secure the area when they arrive.
Talk To the Police
Be sure that you tell the police that you suspect the other driver has been drinking, and be sure that there is a police report generated for the incident. This police report will be very helpful in your upcoming case. In addition to this police report, you will also want to gather any possible eyewitness accounts to corroborate with your own story and may add additional details to the situation that were missed in the police report.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
After an accident, you will need to contact the other driver’s insurance company in order to file a claim. The thing to understand about this claims process is that the insurance company will be working against you every step of the way, trying to limit the amount that they pay while also convincing you to waive your rights of any additional legal action.
When you are represented by a personal injury attorney or car accident attorney after a drunk driving accident, the insurance company knows that you understand your rights and that you will not settle for anything less than what you deserve. We will handle this process, and negotiate with th insurance company in an attempt to reach an out-of-court agreement and settlement. If we are unable to reach a settlement agreement, we will then need to decide the best way to proceed with a full lawsuit to get you all that you need and deserve.
Calculating Damages After a Drunk Driving Accident
Calculating the damages for any type of personal injury situation requires a deep dive into the financial situation of the victim, the costs and expenses associated with the accident, as well as the emotional impacts that the accident and resultant injuries had on the victim. Only then will we be able to determine a fair dollar amount that we will fight for with the insurance company.
The best way to get the financial compensation that you deserve is to start working with an attorney as soon as possible. From there, we will be able to build a comprehensive case on your behalf. We have loffices in Houston, Victoria and Austin, TX. We have recently opened the office in Austin to serve central Texas better and our Car Accident Lawyer in Austin is standing by.