Fort Worth Drunk Driving Accident Complexities

Drunk Driving Accidents in Fort Worth

Drunk driving is a tremendous problem across the nation, and particularly here in Fort Worth. Every day across the country, 28 people die due to drunk driving crashes. On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime. Someone is injured by an impaired driver every 90 seconds and killed every 51 minutes. Texas has more alcohol related deaths per year than any other state in the U.S. Drunk drivers in our state claim the lives of over 1,500 individuals a year. In fact, drunk driving is found to be the cause of fatal crashes nearly 50% of the time.

Drunk Driving Accidents Require Experienced Lawyers

All automobile accident cases involve distinctive challenges and intricate legal issues, but lawyers who represent the victims of drunk drivers face a unique set of issues and complex questions of law. The following is a look at some of the complexities drunk driving lawyers face in effectively representing their clients:

Insurance companies often offer quick (but low) settlements for drunk driving accidents

— When the insurance company knows alcohol played a role in the accident, they are quick to offer a low settlement in hopes to prevent further litigation which they know will cost them more. Drunk driving accident victims who may be seriously injured and drowning in medical bills might be tempted to accept such an offer. By calling a lawyer you are likely to get far greater compensation for your case. You’ve already been a victim once, don’t let yourself become a victim again.

Criminal charges are involved for Drunk Driving Accidents in Fort Worth

— Drunk driving accidents have the additional complexity of the involvement of criminal charges. Impaired drivers involved in a crash will generally be charged with DUI. A drunk driving accident lawyer must carefully monitor the progress of the DUI case. Knowledge of DUI law and burdens of proof associated with it is essential for impaired driving accident attorneys. A DUI conviction will be of great benefit to your personal injury case.

Injuries are generally more severe in a Fort Worth Drunk Driving Accident

— Statistically, drunk driving crash victims experience more serious injuries than others involved in accidents. This is largely due to the often heightened speed of the drunk driver and delayed reaction time. DUI victims may experience traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, disfigurement, broken limbs, paralysis, and the like. Drunk driving accident attorneys must have the medical knowledge to address these severe injuries and the legal know how to push for adequate recovery which will ensure the disabled victim never has to worry about medical bills, lost wages, and uncompensated pain and suffering.

Fort Worth Car Accident Victims have a right to punitive damages in Texas

— Those injured or killed by drunk drivers have the right to sue for punitive or exemplary damages from the impaired driver. These damages punish the drunk driver and provide the victim with additional compensation. The victim has control over the amount of punitive damages sought, limited only by caps put in place by the state. A skilled DUI accident attorney will assist clients in achieving justice through punitive damages.

Victims may have a suit against the provider of the alcohol

— The Texas Dram Shop Act limits the liability of alcohol providers for the injury or death of third parties. However, if the victim can prove that the when the alcohol was provided, the recipient was obviously intoxicated to the extent he or she posed a clear dangerous to him or herself and others, they may be able to recover from the alcohol provider. An knowledgeable drunk driving accident lawyer can review the facts of the case and investigate the involvement of the alcohol provider to determine if their clients may have an additional avenue of recovery.

Contact Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Fort Worth at Tate Law Offices

Tate Law Offices, P.C., is committed to fighting for the recovery of victims across Fort Worth involved in drunk driving crashes. Our firm of car accident lawyers understand the complexities involved in these unique cases and has both the experience and skill to tackle any challenges that may arise. Call us today at 888-662-3892 to start on the road to your recovery.

 

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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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