Driving while intoxicated is negligent, yet some victims still face challenges in getting rightful damages. Did you sustain injuries due to a driver who got behind the wheel while impaired? If so, Loncar Lyon Jenkins fights to ensure their negligence results in compensation for your accident-related losses.
Our Decatur DWI accident lawyers will advocate for you to get what you deserve for your injuries or losing a loved one.
Our Lawyers Fight for Accountability for Driving While Intoxicated in Decatur
Although Texas law provides for stiff punishment for driving while under the influence, our firm knows full accountability means the driver acknowledges the harm they caused and compensates victims.
To get that compensation and acknowledgment for you, our Decatur car accident lawyers will do the following:
- File insurance claims and injury lawsuits against the impaired driver.
- Gather evidence like blood tests, traffic camera footage, and witness testimony.
- Calculate your losses before reviewing settlement offers.
- Negotiate settlement terms that recognize the full breadth of your losses.
- Support you through your recovery by taking work off your plate.
- Represent you in court if the negligent driver won’t agree to a settlement.
Moreover, the injury lawyers at Loncar Lyon Jenkins have helped DWI accident victims across Texas, so we know how the state’s drunk driving, insurance, and fault laws will affect your case. We will draw on that experience to determine the best course for you.
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Our DWI Injury Attorneys Help You Pursue a Case Separate From Criminal Court
Driving under the influence violates Texas Penal Code § 49.04 when someone’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 percent or above. In your case, the driver could face penalties ranging from a fine to a decade in prison and loss of their license.
While they need to face the consequences for breaking the law, it’s also crucial for you to know that criminal ramifications don’t include paying for your damages. Compensation for your DWI accident injuries comes from the drunk driver’s insurance company or a personal injury lawsuit in civil court.
Our drunk driving accident lawyers will help you seek damages regardless of any charges the driver faces. So, even if the driver pleads to a lesser charge or escapes repercussions from the criminal court system, you can continue with a civil case. The outcomes of the state’s case and your civil matter are separate.
You Could Still Have Grounds If the Driver Doesn’t Face Criminal Charges
The other driver might have been intoxicated when they crashed into you but with a BAC under the legal limit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that even a BAC of 0.02 can affect someone’s judgment, visual function, and ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
We can pursue a case against the driver even without the district attorney filing DWI charges. Evidence from the police report or medical records can show the driver’s BAC. The NHTSA points out how even a tiny amount of alcohol affects someone’s ability to drive—that means we can hold the at-fault driver liable for negligence if they cause an accident.
Pursuing a Case Means Seeking Damages for All Losses from a DWI Accident
A Decatur personal injury lawyer from our team can seek damages to cover the following:
- Emergency treatment
- Medical tests and imaging
- Physical therapy
- Medical equipment
- Psychological counseling
- Lost income
- Reduced earning ability
- New job training
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced enjoyment of life
Some of these damages relate to specific losses. We can go over those with you by helping you gather receipts and bills and reviewing your income records. Others relate to your particular experience. For those, we can talk with you, consult your doctors, and have experts review your case to highlight what you’ve suffered.
In DWI accident cases, diligence matters because those specifics could mean the difference between paying your bills or facing financial insecurity. As a result, our drunk driving injury attorneys don’t take this task lightly. We pore over every loss you’ve experienced—big or small, technical or abstract.
We Seek All Possible Damages for Wrongful Death
If a DWI accident killed a family member, you could hold the driver accountable through a wrongful death claim or suit. Our wrongful death attorneys can steer you through the process, including who can file and what damages are available.
Like with personal injury claims, we are aggressive in our pursuit of wrongful death damages, seeking compensation for the following:
- Medical bills, including end-of-life support and care
- Lost income while they received treatment
- Future loss of income that the decedent provided
- Your family’s pain and suffering, grief, and loss of consortium
- Funeral services, burial or cremation, and other memorial costs
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Don’t Delay in Learning Your Compensation Options After a DWI Accident
The timeline of a drunk driving injury case and how long you have to report such an accident in Texas varies. Generally, you should contact the authorities and your insurer right away. In addition, we can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company immediately.
You can also file a lawsuit until the statute of limitations expires—generally two years after the accident, according to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. However, you shouldn’t wind down the clock before filing. Instead, we encourage you to reach out as soon as possible so we can get started. From there, our attorneys can help you identify if and when to file a lawsuit.
Finally, don’t assume you must wait until a criminal case against the driver is resolved. Since your civil case and the state’s criminal case are independent, you can file your claim any time before the deadline.
Impaired Drivers Should Pay Your DWI Accident Expenses, so Call Now
Justice is possible following a DWI accident. Contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins today to learn how our Decatur DWI accident lawyers can fight to recover compensation for your injuries, lost income, and personal losses. Get a free case review now—we’re available to answer your call 24/7.