Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk Driving Accidents in Midland

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In West Texas, our law enforcement officers have a pretty strong reputation for being able to stop and arrest intoxicated motorists wherever they may be traveling. They cannot, however, be there all the time, and drunk drivers frequently do cause devastating car accidents. To make matters worse, they may harm innocent people.

If you have been hurt by a drunk driver, you need to contact our Midland car accident lawyer today so we can start discussing your legal options!

When a Criminal Trial is Not Enough

Someone who has been arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) charge in Texas is certainly in a great deal of trouble, but there is rarely any part of the criminal process that actually takes the victims’ needs into account. After all, the criminal justice system is interested in revoking their license, making them pay money to the state through fines, and possibly locking them away. Damages their drunk driving has caused is more of a personal matter, one to be settled through a civil lawsuit.

If you have been hurt by a drunk driver and they were arrested for their actions, you cannot assume that the police will sort matters out and take care of you. To set things right again, you will have to take action. The good news is that you do not have to do it alone – our personal injury attorney can help!

We will want to pursue compensation that provides for:

  • Any medical costs
  • Property repair (car damage)
  • Punitive damages (punishment for criminal act)
  • Missing or lost wages

What to Do After a Drunk Driver Hits You

  1. Check on everyone: Intoxicated drivers might not be aware of the damage that they have caused. If you can, ensure that everyone is safe and sound after the collision.
  2. Call the authorities: As soon as you can, dial 911. Even if no one is hurt, the police need to be notified anyway to deal with the drunk driver.
  3. Collect information: Getting all the documentation you need after a car accident is difficult in any circumstance, and could be more difficult when dealing with an intoxicated motorist. Try to get as much identifying information as you can – such as car make and model, license plate, etc. – but know that you might not be able to get it all now.
  4. Contact an attorney: The pieces of your personal injury case will need to be carefully constructed to show that you are not liable. Intoxication does not automatically make the other driver accountable.

Do you need to start working on your case right away? Let our car accident attorney in Midland assist you! We have more than two decades of legal and trial experience in the Midland-Odessa area to use to your advantage.

Schedule a free consultation today and we can figure out what you should do next.

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