In this day and age, you can get a ride wherever you need to go in a matter of minutes by simply opening an app on your phone. With rideshare companies operating regularly in Austin and other transportation options, it is difficult to imagine why anyone might decide to try to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after they have been drinking. Unfortunately, people make this decision every day, and many of them cause serious accidents that result in life-changing injuries to innocent and unsuspecting victims.
In addition to the physical trauma, property damage and emotional stress that victims are left with in a typical car accident, the victims of drunk driving accidents are left with the difficult knowledge of knowing their misfortune could have been prevented if someone did the responsible thing and abstained from drinking and driving. Drivers who are intoxicated and cause completely unnecessary injuries and losses should be held accountable for their actions to the fullest extent of the law, and victims should be fully compensated for their losses.
How could they be so reckless? Will justice be served? Our Austin drunk driving accident lawyers at Terry & Kelly, PLLC, understand what you are going through and will work tirelessly to make the legal process as anxiety-free as possible while we also work to maximize your recovery. We have seen firsthand the disruption and tragedy that drunk drivers can cause, and we are on your side as an accident victim. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone dies in the United States in a drunk driving crash every 50 minutes, which is about 30 people per day. Many more people survive drunk driving accidents but are left facing life-altering injuries.
In Texas, during driving crashes caused the following in a single year:
The following happened in drunk driving accidents within the Austin city limits:
In addition, 1,618 more drunk driving accidents caused property damage and other problems for Austin motorists.
While you might think that a drunk driving accident will never happen to you, the statistics show that many people are involved in such crashes on a regular basis – in Austin, throughout Texas, and across the United States. These numbers mean that drunk drivers can injure anyone on the road at any time, and you should know what to do in the event of an accident.
If you are hurt in a drunk driving crash, there are certain things you can do to protect your legal rights. Some of the most important include:
As the victim of an accident caused by a drunk driver, it may feel good to know that the person who hit you is facing criminal charges and is likely going to face consequences, such as fines, loss of their driver’s license, probation, or possibly even jail time. It’s critical to keep in mind, however, that the criminal case against the drunk driver will do little to compensate you for the losses you incurred.
While a judge might order a drunk driver to pay restitution to accident victims, such restitution usually does not come close to the amount you deserve to cover your losses. Instead, you generally need to take separate action to seek full financial recovery.
The process of filing an injury claim often starts with an insurance claim against the drunk driver’s auto insurance policy. Our attorneys will calculate your past and future damages, and we will negotiate for maximum compensation from the insurer. If the insurance company refuses to cooperate, we can file a personal injury case in civil court, which is a separate matter from any criminal proceedings.
If you choose us to pursue your personal injury claim, you will work directly with experienced Austin Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Jim Terry and Trent Kelly every step of the way. Jim and Trent handle their own cases at all times, so you will never be left to deal with an unfamiliar attorney or a legal assistant who does not know the details of your case.
We will tailor a strategy to your unique needs and build the strongest possible case for obtaining compensation from all liable parties. This may include bar and restaurant owners in addition to drunk drivers. Under the Dram Shop Act, establishments that sell or serve alcohol can be sued for damages that occur from over-serving. These can be complex legal matters that we will pursue aggressively to ensure that every liable party compensates you for your losses.
Our clients’ experiences speak for themselves, and many of them have moved forward after an injury in the most favorable position possible.
“Trenton met with my wife and me about an auto accident where insurance was wanting to settle for far less than even the medical expenses. He spent time with us discussing the merits of our case, without a commitment from us to utilize his services. Trenton provided a blueprint for action, and it worked! — Nick (client from Austin)
View more client feedback on our Testimonials page. Do not just rely on client testimonials, however – contact our office directly to learn more about how we handle injury claims and approach each case in an individualized and caring manner.
The legal team at the office of Terry & Kelly, PLLC, believes that there is no excuse for drunk drivers who put others’ lives in danger. When people sustain preventable injuries in this type of crash, we seek maximum compensation from the drunk driver to ensure that injured victims and their families have the financial recovery they need and deserve. We know how to hold drunk drivers accountable, and we are ready to help you with your claim.
If you have been in a car accident caused by a drunk driver and have questions about your right to benefits for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, our Austin drunk driving accident attorneys are here for you. Call Terry & Kelly, PLLC at 512-910-2000, or fill out our online contact form. Consultations are always free, with no obligation.