Most people don’t intend to get into an accident when they drink and drive, but intention doesn’t mean much in the aftermath of an accident. DUI accidents cause injuries and deaths in Texas every 20 minutes. Getting behind the wheel after drinking even one drink can mean the difference between a fun evening and facing criminal and/or civil charges.
For those injured or affected by death caused by a DUI accident, the memory can be haunting. Knowing that those responsible will be prosecuted for criminal behavior can be helpful, but it won’t pay for mounting medical bills, time out of work, and loss of enjoyment of life. A civil lawsuit against a drunk driver can make a meaningful difference in the lives of accident victims.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Make Your Experience Easier
A personal injury lawyer with a track record for success in DUI-related injury and wrongful death cases can make the recovery process after an accident much easier. After an accident, you and your family may be dealing with medical treatments, funeral arrangements, and learning how to cope. Experienced counsel in the aftermath of an accident can provide so much more than case analyses and the pursuit of a settlement.
Whether you need help finding medical care, negotiating with insurance representatives, or just need someone to offer sound advice, the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert can help. Our attorneys specialize in accident injuries and wrongful death suits in the Dallas area and throughout Texas. We understand how important it is that our clients have a trustworthy person to confide in and rely on to act on their best interests. Without experienced legal help, some accident victims may never recover the compensation they deserve in the time aftermath of a DUI accident.
Steps to Take After a Drunk Driving Accident
After an accident, you may be unsure about the next steps. After seeking appropriate medical care, talk to an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you create a plan of action, but if you don’t have an opportunity to talk to a trusted legal advisor quickly, here are some steps that you can take:
- Get information at the scene of the accident – If you are able, call the police, talk to witnesses, and record as much information as you can about the accident. Take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries, and exchange information with the other drivers involved.
- Contact your insurance provider – It’s important that your insurance provider be informed of any accident as soon as possible. Provide the agent with the facts, and tell them if you are injured. Avoid telling them anything that hasn’t been confirmed by your treating doctor. Do not accept any settlement offers immediately after an accident, unless you have discussed your case with an attorney.
- Keep track of your medical information – Keep copies of all medical forms and information including diagnoses, prescriptions, medical treatments, and gas bills from your trips to and from treatment.
- Talk to an attorney – Injuries after an accident can be immediately identifiable or may take time to develop in the days and weeks after an accident. Consult an attorney if and when you notice any injuries develop after an accident.
Attorney Aaron Herbert is one of less than 2% of practicing attorneys that is state of Texas board-certified in personal injury trial law. This prestigious recognition, and a reputation as an aggressive trial lawyer, has made the team at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert a sought after personal injury advocate in drunk driving cases. We understand what it means to go through a drunk driving accident, and we are ready to help you hold those responsible accountable for their actions. Please contact us today for a free consultation.