Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving while using a phone or otherwise distracted, are some of the leading causes of accidents in Texas. Our lawyers work to help clients who have been victims of any type of drunk driving or distracted driving accidents.
Sadly, we have seen too many serious injuries and wrongful deaths occur as the result of a driver being careless—either from drinking too much or texting while driving, among other reasons. Irresponsible and negligent driving behaviors have caused our clients and their families much hardship—both economically and emotionally.
Drinking alcohol or using drugs can make it unsafe for a driver to operate a car. If you have had too much to drink, taken medication that can impair your ability to drive, or used illegal drugs, we recommend you do not drive. Similarly, our smartphones today are always with us and can be tempting to check and use while driving. Texting while driving and other distracted driving behaviors have caused a number of accidents and we encourage everyone to not use their phones while driving. Drivers should work to minimize other distractions too, such as eating, adjusting the radio, and talking to other passengers. Basically anything that takes your attention away from the road should be avoided if possible.
In the event an accident does occur because of a drunk or distracted driver, it must be proven that the driver’s negligence caused the accident. J.D. Silva & Associates works to help our clients hold drivers accountable for their actions and get compensation for their damages. This can include reimbursement of medical bills, assistance with ongoing disabilities caused by the accident, payment for lost wages (current and future), and assistance with pain, suffering, and emotional distress. We work with the insurance companies to obtain the maximum amount you are due and to ensure the driver is held responsible.
J.D. Silva & Associates wants to keep Texas safe from drunk and distracted drivers and make sure victims in these accidents get the help they deserve. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by a drunk or distracted driver, contact us today at 281-971-3200.
Frequently Asked Questions: Drunk Driving
What Is The Difference Between a Personal Injury Claim and a Criminal DUI Charge?
If police determine a driver is drunk, they will likely place the driver under arrest, and the driver may face criminal charges of driving under the influence (DUI). Too many accident victims believe a criminal case is the only option for obtaining justice – and it’s not. In a criminal case, the prosecutor seeks to impose penalties on the drunk driver such as a driver’s license suspension, fines, or jail time. Even if a driver is convicted, a criminal court won’t award compensation for injury-related losses. Instead, you will need to file a separate civil claim seeking compensation. A DUI conviction in a criminal case helps prove the driver violated the law, effectively establishing their negligence and liability in the accident.
Why Hire a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer?
Insurance companies approach drunk driving accidents differently than those that do not involve driver impairment. The potential for a significant jury verdict goes up when the liable driver gets arrested for drunken driving. An experienced attorney can use this as leverage to maximize compensation.