In 2013, Texas led the nation in deaths caused by drunk drivers with 1,337. According to the FBI, people drive drunk 300,000 times a day, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested. And approximately one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
Given those statistics, your risk of being hit by a drunk driver is higher than it should be.
If you or a loved one is injured in a DUI-related crash, Texas gives you two years to seek compensation. Even though it may be difficult and stressful to address the specifics of the crash while you’re still recovering, it’s in your best interests to hire an attorney while the events are still fresh in your mind to go over your case.
Why Is an Attorney Important After A DUI Injury?
While you are recovering from serious injuries or the emotional trauma of the crash, the insurance company for the drunk driver is not sitting back, waiting. Here are some actions the insurance company may be taking during your recovery:
- Putting together a defense strategy to undermine your claim or minimize your damages.
- Coaching the drunk driver on a defense strategy, especially if the driver doesn’t remember what happened due to his intoxication.
- Building a case to discredit yours, in order to keep costs down.
- Contacting you to get a victim statement, hoping you will not remember the facts correctly or may be confused.
We know that recovery from a crash involving a drunk driver isn’t easy. The costs can be high, and the emotional trauma can be great. But if you have been a victim in a DUI-related accident, it’s wise to contact an attorney right away. To be sure that you receive a fair settlement, contact The Hart Law Firm at 817-380-4888 to have an experienced lawyer review your case.