Drunk Driving Accidents in Midland
Injured? Call an Injury Lawyer: 432.214.8125
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
free consultation today and we can figure out what you should do next.