Many people think of drunk driving accidents as a criminal matter, which is certainly part of the negligent driver’s consequences when choosing to get behind the wheel intoxicated.
Most people think it won’t happen to them. The reality is, DWI accidents in the State of Texas are incredibly common. Every twenty minutes, someone is either hurt or killed in a motor vehicle accident in our state that involves alcohol.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident with an intoxicated driver, our Harris County personal injury attorneys have several tips for pursuing the financial recovery you are going to need for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses that result from your injuries.
Step One: Call the Police
Just like any other auto accident in Houston, you will need to contact the police immediately after the collision occurs. This will allow the law enforcement officials who respond to the scene to do their jobs from a criminal standpoint, while supplying you with a police report outlining their findings, for your civil injury case.
If criminal charges are pursued, you may be called by the prosecutor’s office to serve as a witness. It is in your best interest to cooperate.
Although criminal and civil cases are handled separately, one certainly may strengthen the other’s evidence.
Step Two: Seek Immediate Medical Care for Your Injuries
Just as you would call the police after any other crash, you will also seek medical care immediately following a collision with a drunk driver.
Even if there are no visible injuries like a broken bone or internal bleeding remember that the adrenaline from the crash could be masking severe injuries that could become life-threatening when they are not evaluated immediately.
From a personal injury standpoint, we must prove that the drunk driver’s negligence caused your injuries, your symptoms and diagnoses must be documented by a doctor.
Likewise, it is imperative that you follow all your medical team’s directions and attend each appointment, so the insurance company has little room to deny or undervalue your personal injury claim.
Step Three: Contact Our Houston Drunk Driving Personal Injury Attorneys at The Nava Law Group
If you are injured in a car accident caused by someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may believe that yours is an open and shut winning case.
Although that should be true, and you should get the financial recovery you deserve for your injuries, the negligent driver’s insurance company is not going to see it that way.
When you contact our experienced personal injury attorneys in Houston, we will assess your complete financial needs, including your short and long-term medical needs, your temporary or permanent injuries and how they affect your ability to work, and each expense that resulted from your accident. It is incredibly difficult to evaluate the monetary value of your injuries on your own. We can help ensure no detail is left to chance.
Have You Been Injured By a Drunk Driver in Houston?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists drunk driving accidents cost society $44 billion per year. If you have been hurt in a crash with an intoxicated driver, you are going to need help getting the financial recovery you deserve.