Depending on how the crash investigation goes, the driver who hit you or your family member may be facing one or both of the following charges:
- Intoxication Assault
- Intoxication Manslaughter
In Texas, both of these DWI charges come with a minimum two year sentence, along with fines and community service. However, many drivers are cleared of the charges, or will be given only the minimum punishments allowable by law. They may very well come to their trial with an aggressive, experienced attorney who will get the driver a deal, leaving you dumbstruck at the lack of serious punishment they will face.
While you have no power over the drunk drivers' criminal trial, you can file your own civil lawsuit. This lawsuit would have the potential to not only pay for medical bills, a wrongful death and damage to your vehicle; it would be another way for the drunk driver to be held responsible for their choice.
Drunk driving is a choice. Nobody forced the driver to drink and drive; they made the choice, endangered your life and possibly took away the life of your loved one. If you would like to learn more about how you can sue the drink driver who hit you, contact your experienced Bedford crash attorney at the Hart Law Firm for your free consultation. You can also call us direct at (817) 380-4888.