On average, one American dies in a car accident involving an intoxicated driver every 50 minutes or so, not to mention thousands of Americans who get injured in alcohol-related car crashes across the country each day.
Luckily, you may be able to recover damages after a drunk driving accident if the other driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeds .08. Our Dallas drunk driving accident attorney at Law Office of Dorothy Hyde says that despite numerous public awareness campaigns warning about the risks of driving under the influence of alcohol, the number of annual car crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver has remained at the same level in the past decade or so.
Even though negligence and recklessness are almost always at fault when a driver chooses to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, recovering damages after a DUI accident is not nearly as easy as it seems.
Many victims of DUI accidents make the common mistake of not seeking legal help from an experienced drunk driving accident attorney in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas. “Why would I need a DUI accident lawyer when it’s clear who’s at fault in a car crash caused by an intoxicated driver?” some of you might wonder.
Two words: Insurance companies. Get it? After you get into a car crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver, the insurance company of that driver will be notified of the crash and will attempt to reach out to you, as the victim, to hear your side of the story, find out more details about the accident, and even offer you to settle your personal injury claim for a sum that does not represent the real value of your damages.
You can be sure that the impaired driver’s insurance company will do whatever it takes to get you to accept the offer in order to minimize the compensation. They want you to act quickly so that you do not have enough time to calculate your damages and be “overwhelmed” by the fact that you can receive money any second (even though, oftentimes, the sum of money in those initial settlement offers is not enough to pay for even half of the damages).
But getting an initial settlement offer is the best-case scenario. In the worst-case scenario, you will be dealing with a dishonest or fraudulent insurance company attempting to deny your personal injury claim altogether by conducting a biased investigation, twisting your words, and citing some non-existent terms in your insurance policy.
Yes, you are guaranteed to recover the maximum compensation after a DUI crash and get the insurance company to behave professionally instead of using their fraudulent tactics against you if you seek legal representation from a skilled DUI lawyer.
A car driver is deemed “negligent” the moment he or she chooses to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. Our Dallas drunk driving accident lawyer explains that these drivers put those they share the roads with at an increased risk of bodily injury and death, because operating a vehicle while intoxicated has a negative impact on the driver’s ability to drive safely.
Among many other effects of drunk driving, operating a vehicle while intoxicated reduces reaction times, causes drowsiness and impaired vision, diminishes judgement and decision-making abilities, and results in the loss of concentration and vigilance.
If you or your loved ones have been injured in a car accident caused by an alcohol-impaired driver, you are entitled to seek compensation. Contact our car accident lawyers at Law Office of Dorothy Hyde for a free case evaluation. Call our offices at 214-883-1700.
Our law firm doesn’t take personal injury cases lightly. Attorney Dorothy Hyde is the resident barracuda of Dallas — fearless and unrelenting, she doesn’t stop until she obtains the best outcome and maximum compensation for her clients. Choose us and you’ll have an apex predator with years of trial experience and negotiating skills to bring your case to a successful conclusion.
We help personal injury victims receive the financial compensation they need for full recovery. We are a voice for personal injury victims and help them get their life back on track.
After I was severely injured, I didn’t know what to do next. One of my colleagues recommended reaching out to Dorothy for representation. When I finally did, I didn’t regret my decision — I received tremendous support and she treated me like family. She brought the best outcome and I’m amazed at the passion she brings into her work. I would recommend her services without any reservation.
I’ve always known that I needed an insurance policy to protect me if I got into a car accident. But when I got involved in a car crash, I realized how important it is to have a lawyer protect me from my insurance company! This firm settled my case really quickly and delivered excellent results. Dottie secured a fair and equitable settlement, and I’d recommend her to anyone in need of good counsel and representation.
Thank you for bringing my claim against the construction company to a successful conclusion. You made the process less intimidating and made me feel like the struggle I had to endure was valid. It has helped me cope with a lot of post-accident challenges differently. You were more than I expected — thanks again.
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