Drunk driving accidents are an especially traumatic type of traffic collision. Beyond the high damages and serious physical injuries, drunk driving accidents are particularly terrible because they are entirely caused by the reckless behavior of others — and are therefore absolutely preventable.
Legally, these accidents are handled differently from other traffic collisions because they involve extremely dangerous criminal conduct. The law in Texas provides special rights to people who were hurt as the result of a drunk or intoxicated driver. Understanding those rights is critical to ensure your case is handled properly and your recovery maximized. Our team at FVF has substantial experience investigating and handling drunk driving accident cases, with exceptional results for our clients.
Because drunk driving is illegal — in Texas, it may result in a felony charge if the negligent party causes serious injury or has been previously convicted of driving while intoxicated — it can complicate the process and timeline of obtaining compensation. Typically, law enforcement and prosecutors will first initiate a criminal investigation to look into the circumstances surrounding the accident.
This begins the criminal process for a drunk driving accident, where law enforcement gathers evidence to document the accident and intoxication. This information will be used to build a case so that the prosecutor, working for the government, can prove a crime was committed, such that the criminal will be subject to fines, license suspension, and possible jail time, as well as decide the impact to the individual’s criminal record.
Although the evidence discovered during the criminal investigation may be used in your injury case, the process of obtaining financial compensation for your harms and losses occurs through a separate civil action. Until the criminal process is complete, the government can block access to that important evidence, which can lengthen the timeline for resolving your civil case. But this evidence can also help to significantly increase your financial recovery if handled properly.
Drunk driving cases are unique from other accidents because they may involve gross negligence on the part of the intoxicated driver as well as the commission of a crime. Therefore, there are some additional things you’ll need to consider with your accident case:
Because drunk driving accident cases can be extraordinarily complex — with multiple legal actions and many factors to consider — it’s recommended that you seek the advice of a qualified attorney to help you navigate your case. Although you do not necessarily need legal representation, a lawyer can help you:
Drunk driving accidents have significantly different legal implications than other car accidents. An experienced DUI accident attorney at FVF can educate you about the proper steps you should take, starting immediately after your drunk driving accident, to put you in the best position to maximize your recovery. Here’s what we offer our clients.
Talking to an experienced DUI accident attorney will help you evaluate your case so you know what needs to be done to maximize your drunk driving accident settlement. We can help, and a case evaluation is always free. Contact us today to get started.
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