Drunk Driving Victims
Drunk driving is a serious problem in Houston, causing countless injuries and deaths each year. If you were a victim of a drunk driving accident, you may need an auto accident attorney to help you seek compensation from the at fault driver. Our team advocates for your case and works on a contingency basis, which means if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
Why Hire an Auto Accident Attorney for Drunk Driving Cases?
After an accident with a drunk driver, you may face many challenges, including high medical bills and permanent injuries. Your car accident lawyer can help you hold the other driver accountable for your accident-related expenses. Attorneys can help you gather evidence, submit paperwork, and negotiate on your behalf after a car accident.
Unfortunately, most auto insurance policies exclude drunk driving from their coverage. This often means drunk driving victims cannot file a claim against the negligent driver’s insurance for compensation. In these cases, you may need to file a lawsuit against the driver to get the compensation you need to recover from the accident. Your auto accident attorney can help you build your case and represent you in court for your drunk driving accident case.
In some cases, the drunk driver may not be the only one to blame for your accident. Dram shop laws may also apply, which allow you to seek compensation from businesses that sell alcohol who overserved the drunk driver. Our auto accident attorneys are here to help you explore the options for your case and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Civil vs. Criminal Cases in DWI Cases
It’s a common misconception that if a driver is charged with a DWI, your personal injury case will be easy. However, criminal cases and civil cases are legally completely separate. You and your auto accident attorney will still need to do several things to prove fault for your case.
The first is to prove that the driver was drunk. The criminal charges and police report can help with this, as can witness information. Showing that the driver was drunk at the time of the accident can help prove that they acted negligently.
Next, we must show that their negligence of driving while intoxicated caused the accident. This might include witness information, video footage, and even evidence from accident reconstruction professionals.
Finally, as a victim of a drunk driving accident, you must show that the accident caused damages for which you’re asking for compensation. These damages can be expenses from injuries, lost wages, vehicle repairs, and also non-economic elements like pain and suffering.
Our attorneys at Maida Law Firm are here to help you build and fight your case after a drunk driving accident. We represent victims of auto accidents and provide legal services based on our experience in personal injury law. Contact us now to get a free consultation about your case with our professionals.