Have you recently been involved in an accident with a drunk driver in Houston, TX? Contact Attorney Brian White & Associates for immediate legal assistance with your car accident case. Drunk driving is never okay. If you’ve been injured because of a drunk driver, our attorneys will help you fight to hold them fully accountable for the suffering they’ve caused.
We offer a free initial case evaluation, so don’t delay in reaching out to our law office to arrange yours today. When you sit down with our team, we’ll review the details of your case, provide you with some preliminary legal guidance, and answer any questions you may have.
How Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Help After an Accident With a Drunk Driver?
When someone operates a car under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they lose the ability to do so safely. Reaction times decrease. They’re more likely to fall asleep or get distracted. The chances of losing control of the vehicle skyrocket. So, when a drunk driver is on the road, serious accidents can happen. While the drunk driver can certainly get hurt in these crashes, others can, as well. Many times, the injuries resulting from drunk driving accidents can be catastrophic, if not fatal.
This means that you might have a long road to recovery. It might take months or years to get back to life as you knew it. Or, life may never be the same again. This can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating. You can and should hold the drunk driver personally and financially accountable.
However, getting money is often easier said than done. Drunk drivers can be arrested and charged with a crime, which can delay your injury case. Insurance companies and other interested parties certainly won’t make the process easy. By hiring an attorney, you can focus on getting better, level the playing field, and position yourself to secure a substantial monetary award.
At Attorney Brian White & Associates, our Houston personal injury attorneys have more than 45 collective years of experience representing drunk driving accident victims like you. Our dedication, hard work, and tireless pursuit of justice have helped us secure life-changing compensation for our clients. If you need help after a drunk driving car accident in Houston, all you have to do is give us a call. We’ll be there to help you every step of the way.
- Investigate the crash
- Review police reports, medical records, and other pertinent evidence
- Work closely with specialists and experts, including former law enforcement officers, DUI specialists, accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, and more
- Handle any curveballs that might arise from a parallel criminal DUI case, and
- Negotiate with the drunk driver, their insurance provider, and other interested parties on your behalf.
Our Houston attorneys are well known for being fierce and successful trial attorneys. The last thing insurers will want is to go up against us in court. That can be a huge asset for you during negotiations.
Give our law office in Houston a call to schedule a free consultation and learn more today.
How Common Are Drunk Driving Accidents in Houston?
Drinking and driving is incredibly common. In fact, in 2018, one out of every 227 licensed drivers in the United States was arrested for driving under the influence. That adds up to more than 1,001,320 drunk driving arrests in a single year.
Unfortunately, not all drunk drivers are stopped before they cause an accident. Collisions involving drunk drivers occur quite frequently, too. In fact, drunk driving crashes have increased in recent years.
Back in 2014, there were a total of 1,620 drunk driving car accidents in the city of Houston. By 2018, the total number of DUI crashes was 1,908. That’s an increase of nearly 20 percent in just a few short years.
Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Houston Are Often Fatal
In 2018, there was an average of 5.2 drunk driving car accidents in Houston every day. So, that’s roughly one DUI crash every four and a half hours.
Sadly, these accidents aren’t just occurring with great frequency. They’re also doing quite a bit of damage. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2018, there were:
- 49 fatal drunk driving accidents
- 53 drunk driving car accident-related deaths
- 87 crashes that resulted in a suspected serious injury, and
- 121 victims who sustained suspected serious injuries.
Hundreds of other drunk driving accidents also resulted in a wide range of moderate to mild injuries.
We Handle All Drunk Driving Accident Injury Cases
Drunk drivers can cause extensive damage. At Brian White & Associates, our legal team is here to help you fight to get money for every single one of your crash-related injuries. We represent clients who, after being involved in a drunk driving crash, suffered:
- Broken bones
- Brain injury
- Eye injury
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Amputation, and more.
Give our law firm in Houston a call to arrange a time to sit down and discuss your case in detail. If your injuries are severe and prevent you from coming into our office, we can come to you. Contact us today to learn more.
Pursuing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit After a Fatal Drunk Driving Accident
Nationwide, roughly one out of every three fatal car accidents involves a drunk driver. In Houston, on average, someone dies in a drunk driving car accident once a week. That means that, every year, dozens of families in Houston are forced to grieve a devastating and avoidable loss. While money won’t turn back the clock and stop that drunk driver from getting behind the wheel, it can provide some support and at least a little bit of financial justice.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal DUI crash in Houston, our compassionate team can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit for damages. Please do not hesitate to contact our team for support, guidance, and help during this difficult time.
How Might Criminal DUI Charges Affect a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Drunk driving is illegal in the state of Texas. It’s quite possible that, following a drunk driving accident, the impaired driver is arrested and charged with DUI. That could potentially affect your personal injury case.
Keep in mind that the criminal and civil cases are distinct. You still reserve the right to file a lawsuit against a drunk driver, even if they’re charged with a crime. The proceedings are separate and, technically speaking, have no bearing on one another.
However, when a drunk driver is charged with a crime, your civil case might be put on hold for a period of time. A defendant can ask to have related civil cases stayed so that they can focus all of their time, energy, and attention on defending themselves against criminal charges. Your civil personal injury case would resume whenever the criminal case was resolved.
The outcome of that criminal case wouldn’t necessarily have an impact on your case. You can still get money even if the driver is acquitted or negotiates a plea. The standards of proof in civil and criminal cases are much different. Criminal charges are much more difficult to prove. However, the fact that the driver is convicted of DUI can certainly work in your favor. You can use that to establish that the drunk driver was negligent, which will be critical to recovering compensation.
At Brian White & Associates, we understand that a criminal DUI case can impose certain challenges for your personal injury case. We also know how to handle these curveballs and help you navigate the process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. We offer a free initial consultation, so the time to call is now.
Damages Available in Houston Drunk Driving Cases
When you sue a drunk driver after a car accident in Houston, you might be able to secure compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Emotional distress, and more.
Punitive damages might also be available in your drunk driving accident case.
Even when it’s clear that a drunk driver caused your accident, insurance companies will try to limit the amount of money you’re awarded. Our attorneys won’t let you get pushed around or bullied into accepting a lowball offer. We’ll work diligently to build a strong claim, backed by hard evidence and expert testimony. When we sit down to negotiate a settlement, we’ll be prepared to leverage a meaningful and life-changing award on your behalf.
Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident in Houston? Call Attorney Brian White & Associates
Don’t let a drunk or impaired driver off the hook after an accident. Call Brian White & Associates and have our accomplished Houston drunk driving accident lawyers hold them accountable and demand the compensation you deserve. We offer a free initial case assessment, so don’t hesitate to give our law office a call to schedule yours today.