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Have You Suffered an Injury Due to a Drunk Driving Accident in Houston?

If you’ve suffered an injury due to a drunk driving accident in Houston, you’re not alone in this fight. We are here to stand by your side and provide the legal support you need. Drunk driving accidents can be physically, emotionally, and financially overwhelming. We believe in integrity, family values, and working tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve. Our team is here to guide you through the legal process and ensure your rights are protected. With decades of experience, we’ve helped numerous victims of drunk driving accidents in Houston, and we’ll do everything in our power to help you. You don’t have to navigate this challenging time on your own – we are here for you.

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    The Dangers of Drunk Driving

    Many individuals underestimate their level of intoxication, with some even believing they are “good” at driving while impaired. However, there’s no such thing as a good drunk driver, and every person who drives under the influence poses a significant risk to others on Houston’s roads.

    While Houston law enforcement officers actively look for drunk drivers, they cannot catch all of them. Many impaired drivers display various erratic behaviors, including unnecessary braking, swerving out of designated lanes and speeding excessively or driving below the speed limit, failing to use turn signals or turn on lights, driving the wrong way on one-way roads or highways, and ignoring traffic signals or stop signs.

    Alcohol significantly impairs a driver’s reflexes, attention, and reaction times, leading to various types of crashes. No matter how these crashes occur, the resulting injuries can be life-altering.

    If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver in Houston, it’s essential to have a law firm that comprehends the challenges you and your family may encounter. We are here to support you every step of the way, ensuring your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

    Understanding the Devastation of Drunk Driving Accidents

    Drunk driving accidents are a tragic, yet all too common, occurrence in Houston. These accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, including but not limited to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, burns, and even wrongful death. Victims and their families face not only the physical and emotional toll of these accidents but also the financial burdens of medical bills, lost wages, and long-term care.

    As Houston drunk driving accident lawyers, we have seen firsthand the pain and suffering these accidents cause. Our mission is to provide unwavering support to victims and their families during these trying times. We are dedicated to holding the responsible parties accountable, whether they are impaired drivers, establishments that over serve alcohol, or other liable parties.

    Personal Injury Claim vs. Criminal DUI Charge

    When the police determine a driver is drunk, they typically place the driver under arrest, leading to DUI charges. Many accident victims mistakenly believe that once a criminal case commences, they do not need to take any additional action. However, it’s essential to recognize that criminal and civil drunk driving cases are separate matters.

    In a criminal case, the prosecutor’s aim is to impose penalties on the drunk driver, such as driver’s license suspension, fines, or jail time. Unfortunately, providing reimbursement to accident victims often ranks low in terms of priority in a criminal case. Even if a driver is convicted, it’s unlikely that the criminal court will award substantial compensation for injury-related losses.

    It’s important to note that if you’ve been involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you’ll need to file your own compensation claim. This can be done through insurance companies or civil courts, depending on the extent of your injuries and losses. Even though this may seem like a separate process from the criminal case, it’s still important to pursue a DUI conviction against the driver. A conviction can be used to establish that the driver was at fault for the accident, which can relieve you of the burden of proving negligence and liability. This will allow you to focus on determining the compensation you’re entitled to.

    Holding Impaired Drivers Accountable

    When someone chooses to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they are not only breaking the law but also endangering the lives of others. As your advocates, we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident, gather evidence, and work with law enforcement to ensure the impaired driver faces the appropriate legal consequences.

    We will pursue civil action against the negligent driver to secure compensation for your injuries, property damage, pain and suffering, and other losses. Our goal is to make sure they are held accountable not only in criminal court but also in civil court, where we can seek damages on your behalf.

    Rights of Houston Drunk Driving Victims

    Texas law grants certain rights to individuals who suffer injuries due to the negligence or wrongful actions of others. Every driver has a legal obligation to operate their vehicle safely, and driving under the influence represents a clear breach of that duty. Such breaches that result in injuries to others render the driver negligent and liable for all subsequent damages and injuries to others render the driver negligent and liable for all subsequent damages and injuries.

    While financial recovery is not automatic for drunk driving victims, they must take proactive measures to seek compensation for their injuries. The legal process can be complex, further complicating matters for individuals already dealing with the stress of recovery. This is where an experienced Houston drunk driving attorney comes into play.

    As an injury victim, it’s crucial to understand your rights. An attorney can help you with this and typically, your rights would include:

    • The right to file an insurance claim with the drunk driver’s auto insurance company.
    • The right to file a legal claim in civil court for personal injury.

    In both instances, you can seek compensation for losses directly resulting from your injury-related injuries. This includes medical expenses, such as emergency room costs, hospitalizations, surgeries, doctor appointments, physical therapy, and estimated future treatment expenses. Compensation can also extend to lost income, covering both wages missed due to time off work and future lost earnings if your injuries affect your ability to work and earn as you once did. Additionally, you have the right to recover damages for pain and suffering, permanent disabilities, and other intangible losses.

    Failure to understand your rights might lead you to accept a significantly lower settlement offer than you deserve. Seeking the counsel and assistance of an experienced attorney can ensure that you fully exercise your rights, maximizing your compensation based on the extent of your injuries and losses.

    Crash Types Caused by Impaired Drivers

    The unpredictable behavior of drunk drivers often leads to specific types of collisions. These include:

    • Head-on Collisions: Wrong-way driving on roads commonly results in head-on collisions. A drunk driver who departs from their lane and crosses a double-yellow line significantly increases the risk of a head-on crash.
    • Rear-end Collisions: Impaired drivers often fail to pay close attention to the road, potentially causing them to collide with vehicles in front of them. Although rear-end collisions are sometimes perceived as minor “fender-benders,” they can result in severe injuries.
    • Rollover Crashes: Drunk drivers may misjudge their speed on turns, make hazardous lane changes, or overcorrect driving errors, leading to a loss of control and rollovers. While rollover accidents can involve a single vehicle, the drunk driver’s vehicle can crash into others or initiate chain-reaction collisions affecting other drivers.

    In any collision type, a drunk driver in Houston can cause significant harm to unsuspecting motorists. In certain cases, third parties beyond the drunk driver can also be held liable for crash-related injuries. 

    Texas law allows for the potential liability of alcohol providers who serve alcohol to the impaired individual. Such liable parties may encompass:

    • Bars, restaurants, and other alcohol vendors that served alcohol to individuals under the age of 18.
    • Bars, restaurants, and other alcohol vendors that served alcohol to individuals who were visibly intoxicated and posed a risk to themselves and others.
    • Adults who provided alcohol to individuals under the age of 18 at social gatherings.

    In such instances, the injuries must have been foreseeable consequences of the individual’s intoxication. These “dram shop” claims may not always be applicable, but an attorney can identify situations where additional parties may be held accountable for your losses.

    Seeking Compensation for Victims

    As your Houston drunk driving accident lawyers, we will aggressively pursue compensation to help you recover and rebuild your life after the accident. This compensation may cover:

    • Medical Expenses: Costs related to your initial treatment, surgeries, hospital stays, medications, and ongoing medical care.
    • Lost Wages: If your injuries have prevented you from working, you may be entitled to compensation for the income you have lost, as well as potential future earnings.
    • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical and emotional distress you’ve endured as a result of the accident.
    • Property Damage: Repair or replacement costs for your damaged vehicle.
    • Wrongful Death: In cases where a drunk driving accident results in the loss of a loved one, we can pursue compensation for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and more.

    We will meticulously assess your case to determine the full extent of your damages, ensuring that all losses are accounted for in the compensation we seek. Our goal is to provide you with the resources and support you need to move forward with your life.

    What to Do After a Collision with a Drunk Driver in Houston

    It’s natural for an accident to be a distressing experience, causing many victims to be in shock and unable to take steps to protect their legal rights. However, if you believe that the driver responsible for your accident was impaired, you can follow these steps:

    • Observe Signs of Impairment: Look for indications of intoxication, such as stumbling, slurred speech, bloodshot or watery eyes, the smell of alcohol, and other telltale signs.
    • Contact the Police: After an accident, especially if you suspect the other driver is impaired, call the police. They will arrive at the scene and conduct field sobriety tests, breath tests, and other assessments to determine the driver’s level of impairment. If the driver is found to be over the legal limit, they will likely be arrested, initiating a criminal case that can assist in your financial recovery.
    • Seek Medical Attention: Prioritize your health and well-being. If emergency medical technicians recommend an ambulance ride, follow their advice to ensure your physical condition is appropriately stabilized and monitored. Even if you don’t require emergency transportation, promptly diagnosing your injuries can contribute to your physical recovery and increase your potential financial compensation.
    • Gather Information: While waiting at the accident scene, collect information from other motorists involved and witnesses who stopped to help. More information can significantly benefit your case, including photographs of the vehicles and road conditions at the time of the accident.
    • Consult an Attorney: After discussing the incident with the police, receiving necessary medical attention, and recovering from the initial shock, do not delay in contacting a qualified Houston DWI accident attorney.

    Why Choose Crystal Henry?

    Choosing us as your dedicated Houston drunk driving accident lawyers comes with several compelling reasons:

    • Extensive Experience: Our legal team has years of experience in personal injury law, specializing in drunk driving accident cases. Our knowledge and expertise make us well-equipped to handle complex legal situations effectively.
    • Proven Track Record: We have a history of securing successful outcomes for clients, demonstrating our ability to navigate the legal system, ensuring the best results for your case.
    • Commitment to Your Well-being: We genuinely care about our clients’ well-being. We understand the emotional and physical toll that an injury due to a drunk driving accident can take on your life. Our unwavering commitment to your rights and compensation sets us apart as trusted advocates in the Houston legal community.
    • Comprehensive Services: Our team handles all aspects of your case, from gathering evidence to negotiating with insurance companies. If necessary, we are prepared to represent you in court. This comprehensive approach ensures that your interests are well-protected throughout the legal process.
    • Free Consultation: We offer a free consultation to assess your case and discuss the best way to proceed. This initial consultation provides you with the opportunity to understand your legal options without any financial commitment.
    • Results-Driven Approach: We are dedicated to securing the maximum compensation possible for your specific situation. We will thoroughly evaluate your case to ensure that all your losses are considered when seeking compensation. Our results-driven approach means we are motivated to fight for your rights.
    • Trusted Name in Houston: We are a trusted and respected name in the Houston legal community. Our reputation is built on our dedication to our clients and our ability to achieve favorable outcomes in drunk driving accident cases.

    FAQs

    What should I do if I'm injured in a drunk driving accident in Houston?

    If you’re injured in a drunk driving accident, your first priority should be seeking medical attention. Call the police to the accident scene to report the incident and ensure proper documentation. While at the scene, gather as much information as you can, including the drunk driver’s information, any witness details, and take photos if possible. Once your immediate medical needs are addressed, it’s crucial to contact an experienced Houston drunk driving accident lawyer to discuss your rights and legal options.

    How do I know if I have a case against the drunk driver who injured me?

    If a drunk driver caused your injuries, you likely have a case for a personal injury claim. To establish a case, you’ll need to prove that the drunk driver’s negligence led to the accident and your injuries. Your attorney will help you gather evidence, such as police reports, witness statements, and medical records, to demonstrate the driver’s liability.

    Are there additional parties I can hold responsible for my injuries in a drunk driving accident?

    Yes, in some cases, there may be additional parties you can hold responsible. Texas laws sometimes allow for claims against those who served alcohol to the drunk person, such as bars or restaurants. These “dram shop” claims are not always available but can be identified and pursued by an experienced attorney.

    What types of compensation can I seek for my injuries in a drunk driving accident case?

    In a drunk driving accident case, you can seek various forms of compensation, including medical expenses (current and future), lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and, in some cases, punitive damages. Your attorney will work to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve based on your injuries and losses.

    Do I need to wait for the criminal case against the drunk driver to conclude before pursuing a civil case?

    No, you don’t need to wait for the criminal case to conclude. In fact, it’s often better to initiate the civil case as soon as possible to secure evidence and protect your rights. A criminal case focuses on penalties for the drunk driver, while a civil case aims to compensate the victim for their losses.

    What makes Crystal Henry's legal team the right choice for my drunk driving accident case?

    Our legal team offers extensive experience, a proven track record of success, and a commitment to our clients’ well-being. We provide comprehensive services, including a free consultation to assess your case and a results-driven approach to secure the maximum compensation possible. Our trusted reputation in the Houston legal community demonstrates our dedication to achieving favorable outcomes in drunk driving accident cases.

    How can I afford legal representation for my drunk driving accident case?

    We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case. Our priority is to help you obtain the compensation you deserve, and we’ll handle your case with no upfront costs, making quality legal representation accessible to you.

    What should I look for in a Houston drunk driving accident lawyer?

    When searching for a Houston drunk driving accident lawyer, consider their experience, track record, commitment to your well-being, the range of services they offer, and their willingness to provide a free consultation. It’s also essential to choose a lawyer with a results-driven approach who has earned a trusted name in the local legal community.

    What steps should I take immediately after a drunk driving accident?

    After a drunk driving accident, ensure you are safe and receive any necessary medical care. If possible, document the scene, exchange information with the drunk driver and witnesses, and contact the police. Report the accident and contact a qualified Houston drunk driving accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.

    How long do I have to file a claim for a drunk driving accident in Houston?

    The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Texas is generally two years. This means you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. It’s essential to act promptly to preserve evidence and meet legal deadlines, so it’s advisable to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident.

    Areas We Serve

    Crystal Henry Personal Injury and Accident Lawyer is committed to serving clients across Houston. Our reach spans numerous neighborhoods, ensuring that wherever you are in Houston, we're here for you.
    Central Houston: 77002, 77004, 77006, 77019, 77098
    Downtown Houston, Central Business District, East Downtown, Fourth Ward, Midtown, South Central Houston, Hyde Park, Montrose, Rice Military, River Oaks, West University Place, Southampton, Rice Village, University Place, Museum Park, Greater Third Ward, University Oaks, Greater Eastwood, Second Ward, Magnolia Park, and Greater Uptown.
    Southwest Houston: 77005, 77025, 77030, 77036, 77056, 77057, 77096
    Bellaire, Southside Place, Braeswood Place, Meyerland, Willowbend Area, Astrodome, Greenway/Upper Kirby, Sharpstown, Gulfton, Westbury, Meyerland Area, and Medical Center Area.
    Northeast Houston: 77026, 77028, 77078, 77016
    Kashmere Gardens, Northeast Houston, Jacinto City, Pleasantville Area, Denver Harbor/Port Houston, Kingwood, and Galeria Park.
    Northwest Houston: 77007, 77008, 77024, 77043, 77055, 77080, 77092
    The Heights, Spring Branch, Memorial, Energy Corridor, Greenspoint, Northshore, Alief, Addicks/Park Ten, Greater Inwood, Eldridge/West Oaks, Greater Greenspoint, Fondren Southwest, Greater Fondren Southwest, Acres Homes, and Greater Hobby Area.
    Southeast Houston: 77021, 77033, 77034, 77047, 77058, 77059
    Clear Lake, Pecan Park, Sunnyside, and Medical Center Area.

    For dedicated legal representation in Houston, trust Crystal Henry Personal Injury and Accident Lawyer.

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