Written by: The Benton Law Firm Last Updated : May 4, 2022

Dallas Attorneys for Car Accidents Due to Drunk or Drugged Driving

The frustration that you may feel after being involved in a car accident can quickly turn to anger when you discover that the driver who hit you was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You deserve to recover compensation when you’ve been injured by someone who decided to drive while intoxicated. But the process of pursuing a legal claim can quickly become overwhelming, especially when you are trying to treat injuries and deal with piling bills. Let The Benton Law Firm take on the responsibility of investigating your claim and preparing an effective legal strategy to get the money you deserve.

If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk or drugged driver, reach out to The Benton Law Firm at (214) 777-7777 for a free consultation. You’ll speak with a Dallas car accident attorney from our firm about how we can help you demand accountability and justice in your case.

Why Hire The Benton Law Firm after a Car Accident Caused by a Drunk or Drugged Driver?

When you have been injured in a car accident with an intoxicated driver, you should not try to pursue a claim for financial compensation and justice on your own. Treating physical and emotional injuries suffered in an accident may leave you with little time and energy. The last thing you’ll want to think about is pursuing a legal case. Filing a car accident claim can seem complicated when you have little or no legal experience. Instead, turn to a seasoned Dallas car accident lawyer from The Benton Law Firm to help you with your drunk or drugged driving accident case by:

  • Providing experienced legal representation to guide you through Texas laws and ensure that your claims are properly filed
  • Calculating the full extent of your expenses and losses to make sure you obtain fair and full financial recovery
  • Handling communications with the insurance companies to give you the space you need to recover from your injuries while protecting you against the insurer’s efforts to get you to accept far less than the compensation you deserve
  • Vigorously advocating for your rights at the negotiating table and at trial

Steps to Take after a Drunk or Drugged Driving Accident

After you have been involved in an accident with a driver that you suspect was intoxicated, steps you need to take to protect your legal rights include:

  • Contact law enforcement or call 911 if you believe the other driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • If safe to do so, take photos and video of accident scene details like vehicle damage, marks on the road, traffic controls, and any visible injuries you have
  • See a doctor or medical professional as soon as possible after the accident to document the injuries that you sustained in the crash
  • Preserve any bills or invoices for expenses you incur from the accident
  • Consider keeping a journal to document the pain and daily difficulties that you experience because of your injuries and any resulting disabilities

Lastly, make time to speak to a Dallas car accident attorney from The Benton Law Firm to discuss the next steps in pursuing your case.

What Is Drunk or Drugged Driving?

Texas law defines drunk or drugged driving as operating a motor vehicle while not having the normal use of physical and mental abilities due to the presence of alcohol and/or drugs in the driver’s system. A driver who has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more or any detectable drugs in their system is automatically considered to be driving under the influence. However, drivers who have lower concentrations of alcohol in their system can still be convicted of DWI if they cannot safely operate their vehicle.

What Compensation Might You Be Entitled to Following a Drunk or Drugged Driving Accident?

If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a drunk or drugged driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for:

  • Repair bills for your car or reimbursement of the value of your vehicle if it was totaled in the accident
  • Medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • Expenses for long-term care needs if you suffer permanent disabilities
  • Loss of wages/income when you lose time from work due to your injuries
  • Loss of future earning capacity because of permanent disabilities that result from injuries
  • Physical pain and emotional distress

Injuries Commonly Suffered in Drunk or Drugged Driving Accidents

Injuries that victims of DWI accidents can suffer include:

  • Ligament, tendon, and muscle tears
  • Broken bones
  • Burns from car fires
  • Nerve injury
  • Herniated spinal discs
  • Spinal cord injury and paralysis
  • Internal organ injuries and internal bleeding
  • Head injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputations

Drunk or Drugged Driving FAQs

Questions that clients of ours who have been injured in drunk/drugged driving accidents have asked in the past include:

Is a drunk or drugged driver automatically at fault for a car accident?

A criminal prosecution of a drunk or drugged driver is a separate legal proceeding from any civil claims filed by those injured by the driver. However, a DWI conviction can serve as critical persuasive evidence in a lawsuit. A driver who is convicted of committing a crime or traffic offense during an accident may be found negligent as a matter of law.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

Under Texas’s statute of limitations, a lawsuit seeking compensation for losses sustained in a car accident typically must be filed within two years of the crash. A lawsuit that is filed after the statute of limitations has expired can be dismissed by the court for being untimely.

How much does it cost to hire a lawyer for a drunk or drugged driving accident case?

At The Benton Law Firm, we represent victims of car accidents caused by drunk or drugged drivers on a contingency-fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay anything upfront to hire our firm for your case. We are paid legal fees only if we secure compensation for you. That compensation could come through an insurance claim, a negotiated settlement of your case, or by winning a verdict in your favor at trial. If we cannot recover money for you, you don’t have to pay us anything.

Contact The Benton Law Firm to Learn About Your Legal Rights from a Drunk/Drugged Driving Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by an intoxicated driver, get the legal assistance you need to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. Call The Benton Law Firm at (214) 777-7777 for a free initial case evaluation. You can discuss your options with a Dallas car accident attorney from our legal team.

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