How Can a Houston DUI Accident Lawyer Help You?

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Drunk driving accidents are completely preventable. If you were harmed by someone else’s negligence during a Houston DUI accident, an attorney from Pierce Skrabanek can help. Secure compensation for your injuries, and hold the drunk driver responsible for the harm they’ve caused.

Drunk driving is also known as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). It is illegal in all 50 states because it is known to cause destructive and fatal accidents. Regardless of whether the driver who hit you is criminally charged, you have the right to file a civil lawsuit for your injuries, losses, and suffering.

If you have been harmed by the actions of an intoxicated driver, Pierce Skrabanek can help. We have extensive experience in car and truck accident injury cases in Texas, and we can help ensure that your settlement is maximized to cover the true cost of your losses.

Contact our Houston DUI accident lawyers for representation online or by calling (832) 690-7000. We have delivered real, significant case results for Texans and their families, including the funds needed for long-term or life-long care. Let us begin helping you and yours right away.

What Kind of Settlement Can a Houston DUI Accident Lawyer Help Secure?

Settlements for Houston DUI car accident lawsuits may cover:

  • Medical bills for ambulance care, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and ongoing physical therapy
  • Job-related losses like lost wages, reduced wages, unemployment, and the loss of benefits like health insurance or retirement contributions
  • Property damage to your vehicle and compensation for any alternative means of transportation you need in the meantime
  • Pain and suffering losses such as PTSD, reduced enjoyment of life, or stress negatively impacting your marriage or children
  • Wrongful death damages such as funeral costs and the irreplaceable loss of your deceased loved one’s unique companionship

The Houston DUI accident attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek have recovered multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for clients injured in automobile accidents. In one of these cases, the verdict we secured was approximately five times the highest pretrial settlement offer. We are experienced in tough insurance negotiations, and will not settle for less. We are fully prepared to take your case before a judge to secure the funds you need to access high-quality, dignified care.

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What Information Does a Houston Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Need?

Here is some important information it would be helpful to have when beginning a Houston DUI car accident lawsuit:

  • Date and location: Where and when did your accident occur? A local attorney in Texas may send investigators to the site to collect evidence.
  • Contact information: The names and phone numbers or email addresses of the drivers, passengers, and witnesses present at the accident. 
  • The police report: You can request any police report that was filed from the local station or possibly online.
  • Insurance information: Details of your insurance coverage and the other driver’s — do not give a statement about the accident to any insurance representative before speaking to a lawyer who can advise you on your privacy rights.
  • Receipts: Any bills issued or payments made for medical care, vehicle tows, or missed work related to the accident.

If you do not have all of this information right now, or are too injured or overwhelmed to pursue these items, that is perfectly okay. It’s an attorney’s job to build a legal case, not yours. Your Houston DUI accident lawyer from Pierce Skrabanek can gather all of the information necessary to file a lawsuit with your permission. Let us handle your case so you can focus on healing after this traumatic event.

By pursuing a Houston DUI accident lawsuit, you can improve your future prospects and help prevent future accidents by holding drunk drivers accountable. Contact Pierce Skrabanek at (832) 690-7000 to explore all your legal options.

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How Common Are Texas DUI Accidents?

Texas driving accident data shows that: 

  • Over 1,300 Texans die in DUI-related accidents each year
  • Preventable alcohol-related deaths are nearly 37% of all driving deaths in the state
  • I-45 in Houston has the highest rate of drunk driving-related fatalities in the U.S. and is considered the most dangerous road in the whole country

National DUI statistics reveal that over 10,000 Americans lose their lives to drunk drivers every year, especially around holidays. Drunk driving arrests account for 10% of all criminal arrests, higher than those made for violent crimes like murder, rape, and aggravated assault combined.

Each figure represented in these statistics is an individual or family in crisis. For those who have been harmed by drunk driving, a personal injury lawyer can help you take control of the situation, and makes sure your needs are prioritized in court. 

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Contact a Houston Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Car and truck accidents caused by drunk or drugged driving are unacceptable. Driving is dangerous enough with unavoidable hazards such as common rear-end accidents and hazardous weather conditions — to drive while drunk or intoxicated by drugs/medications is to behave with a disturbing disregard for human life. 

If you have suffered due to a DUI accident in Texas, your decision to seek compensation could help improve safety in our community. Many drunk drivers are repeat offenders who regularly drive under the influence and endanger others. By holding the other driver responsible for the harm they’ve caused, you can help make the roads safer in addition to securing what you are entitled to for your injuries.

Personal injury cases are decided based on your attorney’s ability to prove both the negligence of the other party, and the damage it caused you in injuries, money, time, and other substantial losses. Pierce Skrabanek is a well-established firm in Texas and we have the resources necessary to build a robust case for justice.

Reach out to our Houston DUI accident attorneys online or by calling (832) 690-7000. We will ensure that all of your losses are accounted for, including psychological harm done and any long-term care needs you may have to maintain or regain independence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is at fault in a Houston DUI accident?

A drunk driver will almost always bear some fault for any accident they are involved in. However, their insurance company or defense lawyers may argue that you were partially at fault if they can. Do not worry about what opposing counsel may try to claim. Your attorney from Pierce Skrabanek can protect you and your reputation by securing evidence that shows the true cause of the accident.

Does the other driver need to be found guilty of drunk driving before I can file a lawsuit?

No, a criminal charge or conviction is not necessary in order to file a civil lawsuit. Civil personal injury claims are between you and the person or entity that harmed you. To build a successful civil case, your attorneys must prove the following key elements: first that the other party was negligent, second that they caused you harm, and third that your injuries cost you in money, time, or quality of life.

Criminal cases are about prosecutors and law enforcement; civil cases are about you and your personal needs.

What kind of expert testimony can a lawyer use in DUI accident cases?

Your Houston DUI accident lawyer may hire expert witnesses to testify about the other driver’s responsibility. One example would be a toxicologist who can establish that the substances found in the driver’s blood would have a detrimental effect on their ability to safely operate a vehicle. Other expert witnesses may be brought on your behalf, including medical experts and financial who can describe your injuries and the cost of long-term treatment.

How long do I have to file a DUI accident lawsuit?

The deadline for filing a DUI or DWI accident case varies from state to state. In Houston and throughout Texas, the deadline is two years from the date of the accident. If you miss that window, you lose out on your chance to receive compensation entirely, no matter how strong the evidence in your case would have been.

Your attorney from Pierce Skrabanek will meet all important legal deadlines on your behalf, removing that burden from your shoulders so you can heal in peace. We can be reached online or by calling (832) 583-1862.