Drunk driving is a problem that continues to cause untold damage to innocent people in Cypress and throughout Texas. An intoxicated driver’s sense of judgment and reasoning becomes compromised, making them a ticking time bomb when on the road. The Texas Transportation Code Chapter 49 prohibits any person from operating a vehicle while drunk. A Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) that is above 0.08 is outlawed in Texas.
At Lone Star Injury Attorneys, our experienced car wreck lawyers understand how traumatizing it is to deal with an intoxicated driver. Most of them are never forthcoming and often cause a scene, especially when they are to blame for the crash. If you have suffered harm because of a drunk driver, you should file a case for compensation. Our Cypress drunk driving accident lawyers are available 24/7 to help you get the justice you are entitled to as guaranteed by Texas personal injury laws.
Because drunk driving is strictly prohibited in Texas statutes, the intoxicated motorist may face criminal charges. A state prosecutor may seek a jail term or fine for the felony. While a criminal lawsuit acts as a lesson to the offender, it doesn’t do much good to an injured person. The greatest justice you can get is compensation for your injuries and losses in a personal injury lawsuit. But because it’s only available in a civil lawsuit, you must initiate the process with the assistance of a drunk driving collision attorney in Cypress.
Through filing a personal injury claim, you may be compensated for:
Both lawsuits can run concurrently, and even when the offender is acquitted in a criminal case, you may still recover a beneficial outcome from your personal injury claim. All you need to do is prove with a preponderance of evidence that the defendant was negligent, and their actions caused you harm.
It’s not uncommon to come across drivers without insurance coverage. If the driver wasn’t insured, you might face many challenges trying to recover damages. However, all is not lost. A lawyer familiar with drunk driving cases can identify other sources of compensation and negotiate a fair beneficial outcome.
Some of the potential avenues to use to recover compensation if the driver is not insured include:
Suppose a restaurant or bar continually served alcohol to an already intoxicated person who later got behind the wheels and caused an accident. In that case, they may be held accountable under the Texas Dram Shop laws. The owners may face civil charges or criminal action depending on the circumstances of your case. Additionally, a social host who serves alcohol to a minor (under 18 years) who later caused an auto wreck may also be a defendant in a personal injury claim.
If your automobile insurance policy also contains Uninsured Motorist Coverage and PIP, you may recover damages from your insurance company. Undoubtedly, the process will be complicated, and the insurance adjuster will take you in circles to ensure you don’t get the compensation you deserve. The only way around insurance companies acting in bad faith is by retaining a Cypress drunk-driving attorney.
The drunk driver who caused your injuries is still accountable for your losses even when not insured. You can file civil charges to obtain a court judgment against them. If successful, they will have to pay you out-of-pocket. Unfortunately, this avenue is likely not to yield tangible results because most individuals do not have sufficient assets to cover such a claim. But if they do, the payments may be spread over a long time.
It’s understandable not having the finances to retain an attorney. When you are injured, you desperately need the money to get treatment and adjust to your new life, more so after sustaining a catastrophic injury. The good news is that you can retain a lawyer for your intoxicated driving accident without having to pay out of your pocket. We represent our clients at no upfront costs through our contingency fee arrangement and only get paid when you recover financial benefits from your case.
When filing a personal injury case, you need a certified attorney who has prior experience handling similar cases. The Cypress drunk driving accident lawyers at our firm are ready to take your case to the next level. Our experience, dedication, and resources are significant assets in your quest for compensation. Contact us today for help with your case in a free consultation.