Drunk Driving Accident
Drunk driving is a major problem in Texas. Each year in Texas, car accidents involving a drunk driver kill more than 1,500 people, representing over 45% of all motor vehicle fatalities. If you are injured or lose a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have the right to be compensated.
Drunk Driving is illegal in Texas and every other state. Drivers are legally drunk if they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above. An average adult will be legally intoxicated after two or three alcoholic drinks. An adult’s driving skills are significantly impaired after having three to five drinks. Unfortunately, many people decide to ignore the law and get behind the wheel of a car after consuming this amount or more of alcohol, thinking that they are fine to drive. The decision to risk your own life and the lives of others by driving drunk is reckless and dangerous. In addition, you can face up to a year in jail, loss of your driver’s license for up to two years, and a fine of up to $4,000. Drunk driving collisions can easily be disastrous. These accidents can lead to serious injuries such as broken bones, brain injuries, and potential death.
DO NOT SETTLE WITHOUT FIRST TALKING TO A LAWYER
There is NEVER an excuse for drunk driving. They are the result of many poor decisions on the part of the drunk driver. Jurors know that they could have been hit by the same drunk driver, so they easily and usually identify with the victim. They know that the drunk driver knowingly broke the law and put innocent people in danger, and are thus not sympathetic. Insurance companies know this as well and will do all they can to sweep these cases under the rug. They know that they will lose in court and, with an aggressive lawyer on your side, they will be forced to pay you a large sum of money. Insurance companies often contact victims quickly following the accident and offer them an insultingly low amount of money. The amount is often less than 5% of the value they estimate the case to be worth. A representative of the insurance company may even come to your house and hand you a check on the spot. In return, you must sign a form which releases their driver and their company from ever compensating you in the future.
Do not allow yourself to be talked into taking an unfair settlement offer from an insurance company. If the insurance companies are trying to settle your case quickly, it is because they want to settle the claim before you talk to an attorney and become informed of your options and understand your right to a proper settlement. Before signing any documents the insurance companies provide you, consult with an attorney.
If you have any questions concerning a drunk driving incident, contact our office to set up a free, no-obligation consultation. We will meet with you and explain your options. Recovering from your injuries is difficult enough. We can handle the insurance companies to get you the maximum possible recovery.
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