Drunk driving is a criminal offense that can carry stiff penalties, especially if the driver causes an accident while driving drunk. Fines or jail time may serve to punish the driver for violating the law, but do not provide any practical relief for victims who might have been injured in the accident. That kind of compensation is not provided unless the victim files a civil lawsuit against the driver.
There are no restrictions in Texas if you wish to file a lawsuit against a drunk driver who caused you injury. Unfortunately, that does not mean these cases are an automatic win, even if there are criminal charges against the drunk driver. The defendant’s attorney and insurance company will use every possible resource to avoid a judgment against the driver responsible for the accident. As a result, many Texas victims don’t receive fair compensation because they lack the advice and support of an experienced attorney to see their case through to a successful conclusion.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver:
On a fundamental level, child injury cases are similar to personal injury claims for adults in that they provide legal recourse for individuals who believe that the injuries they suffered occurred due to another person’s negligence. If they can demonstrate that an injury was preventable or would have been less severe if the defendant had adhered to certain legal obligations, then they can be awarded damages to compensate for losses incurred as a result of the injury.
While these are good general guidelines for victims of drunk drivers in Texas, every case is unique. To be sure that you are getting the best possible results, turn to an experienced personal injury like Drew Bivona. Visit our office in the heart of Houston, or call us at 713-360-7596. Consultations are free.
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