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Accidents caused by drunk drivers in Dallas can carry devastating consequences for victims. These crashes can occur at high speeds and often involve head-on collisions. While the drunk driver may walk away unharmed, his or her victims may be killed or left with serious, life-changing injuries.

At Tate Law Offices, our lawyers believe that drunk drivers should be held fully responsible for the harm they cause through our Texas criminal justice system. We also believe that drunk driving accident victims and their families should seek the compensation they are due through our state’s civil justice system. In fact, victims have the right to seek just compensation regardless of how the criminal charges against the drunk driver are resolved.

Our law firm’s goal is to seek a maximum financial recovery for victims and their loved ones in the most time-efficient manner as possible. If you have been injured in a Dallas drunk driving accident, or if you have lost a loved one in such a crash, contact us today to discuss your case. We can provide a free and confidential consultation.

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How Can a Dallas Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Help You?

Pursuing a civil claim against a drunk driver who has harmed you or killed a loved one is different than pursuing criminal charges against the driver.

In a criminal case, the State of Texas seeks to punish a drunk driver for his or her conduct. A prosecutor pursues the case against the drunk driver on behalf of the state – not necessarily on behalf of the driver’s victims. A drunk driver who is found guilty of the offense may be ordered to serve a sentence and pay fines to the State of Texas. However, the drunk driver will not necessarily be ordered to compensate his or her victims.

Pursuing a civil claim against the drunk driver is different. Your attorney prosecutes the case on behalf of you, the victim. Your lawyer’s goal is not to seek a conviction but rather to secure compensation for all of your physical, emotional and financial damages. However, additional compensation can (and usually is) sought to punish the drunk driver. These are called punitive damages.

In other words, criminal and civil actions against a drunk driver are closely related, but they remain separate and distinct from each other. A driver who is not convicted of a drunk driving offense in Texas can still be held liable for damages.

Attorney Chris Rehmet of Tate Law Offices has experience both as a criminal prosecutor who has sought drunk driving convictions on behalf of the state and as a civil plaintiff’s lawyer who has sought civil drunk driving monetary settlements on behalf of victims. He understands what goes into proving drunk driving accident cases and seeking maximum compensation for victims and their families.

Chris and the rest of our legal team can bring their skills and experience to bear on your case and aggressively pursue the financial recovery you deserve. In many drunk driving accident cases, where a driver’s liability is clearly established, a case may be resolved without the need to go to court or even to file a lawsuit.

What You Should Know About Dallas Drunk Driving Laws?

Texas, like every other state, defines driving while intoxicated (DWI) as operating a motor vehicle on a public highway with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or greater. A driver’s BAC usually is identified through breath, blood or urine tests conducted by police officers immediately after an arrest and/or crash.

However, even if a driver’s BAC is lower than 0.08, the driver may still be convicted of a DWI. A DWI conviction can be based on the consumption of any amount of alcohol, drugs – or both – which causes a person to lose normal use of his or her mental or physical faculties.

Signs of a driver’s impairment could include:

  • Red, glassy eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • A strong smell of alcohol on his or her breath
  • Careless or reckless driving such as speeding, driving too slowly, drifting across lanes, driving on the wrong side of the road or failing to stop at a stop sign or red light.

Additionally, if a person under the age of 21 drives a motor vehicle on a public highway after consuming any amount of alcohol, he or she could be charged with driving under the influence, or DUI.

You need to know about these Texas DWI/DUI laws because they can impact your civil case against a suspected drunk driver who has harmed you or a loved one.

For instance, if a driver who caused your accident is convicted of drunk driving, the driver may be considered negligent per se. This means that the driver’s negligence is established as a matter of law. Your case would then focus entirely on the losses you have suffered.

In most cases, it is advisable to hire a drunk driving accident attorney to protect your rights immediately after you are injured by a drunk driver. An accident attorney from Tate Law Offices, for instance, can serve as a liaison between you and the police and/or district attorney’s office while the driver’s criminal case is prosecuted.

Who Can You Sue If Hurt in a Dallas Drunk Driving Accident?

If you have been hurt by a drunk driver as a motorist, motorcyclist, pedestrian, bicyclist or even as a passenger in a car driven by the intoxicated driver, you should seek to hold that driver fully responsible for all harm you have suffered.

However, the drunk driver may not be the only party responsible for your damages. At Tate Law Offices, our drunk driving accident lawyers will examine your case closely and explore whether other parties should be held liable as well. These parties can include:

  • The drunk driver’s employer – Under Texas law, employers can be sued for any harm their employees cause while acting within the scope and course of their employment. So, if you are injured by a driver who was drunk while making a delivery, the employer may be held liable.
  • The store, bar or restaurant who sold alcohol to the drunk driver – The Texas Dram Shop Act gives you the right to sue any business that provided alcohol to a visibly intoxicated customer or a minor who, in turn, caused an accident that injured you or killed your loved one.
  • Social host that provided alcohol to a non-related minor – If a person threw a party and served alcohol to a non-related minor who, in turn, caused an accident that harmed you or a loved one, the social host may be held liable in Texas.

What Can You Recover in a Dallas Drunk Driving Accident Claim?

The lawyers of Tate Law Offices will be committed to seeking a maximum recovery for you and your loved ones in a Dallas drunk driving accident claim.

We will thoroughly investigate your case and consult with experts to arrive at a just amount that should be sought in your case. We can often recover for our clients in a drunk driving accident case by obtaining a settlement without the need to file a lawsuit or go to court.

While the amount that can be recovered in a case will depend on the facts and issues involved, a claim typically would seek recovery of:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages and diminished future income
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Emotional distress
  • Physical Impairment
  • Pain and suffering
  • All other related expenses.

These damages are known as “compensatory” damages. They are aimed at making you “whole” after an accident caused by another. In a drunk driving accident case, “punitive” or “exemplary” damages be sought as well. These damages are aimed at punishing the driver for gross negligence and deterring future misconduct by the driver and others.

In fact, the lawyers of Tate Law Offices firmly believe that punitive damages can play an important role in combating drunk driving within Dallas.

Contact a Dallas Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

If a drunk driver has caused the loss of your loved one or devastating, life-changing injuries, you have the right to take legal action that is separate and apart from any criminal actions against the drunk driver. You can seek a full and fair financial recovery for all of the harm you have suffered.

Contact a drunk driving accident lawyer at Tate Law Offices today to learn more about your rights and your legal options. Our lawyers are committed to seeking a maximum recovery for drunk driving accident victims and their families in Dallas.

We will not charge any attorney fees or cases costs unless we obtain a financial recovery for you. We will work tirelessly to seek the justice you deserve.

Call or reach us online today to get started with a free and confidential consultation about your case.

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.

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