When drunk driving is a factor in a motor vehicle accident, it is natural for injured people and their families to feel that justice should be done and the drunk driver should be held responsible. At the same time, an injured person or family members who have lost a loved one have financial losses and needs, including medical bills, funeral and burial costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. A wrongful death claim may bring the compensation that family members need after a loved one has been killed in a drunk driving car or truck accident.
A driver who was under the influence of alcohol at the time of a crash may be arrested for DWI and face penalties through a criminal court as well as through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
An injured party or family members of a fatal motor vehicle accident victim may bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim in a civil suit against the drunk driver.
Maximizing compensation for the injured person or bereaved family members can be complicated when criminal aspects are involved. Optimal timing of the filing of an injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit may depend on exclusions in auto accident insurance policies. It may be best to file the claim before the outcome of the criminal DWI case has been finalized, for example.
For best results after a fatal DWI accident, contact a personal injury lawyer at the earliest opportunity. At The Carlson Law Firm, P.C., we are very sensitive to the fact that families are most likely in a state of shock and grief in the hours and days following a fatal accident that has taken the life of a beloved husband, wife, mother, father, son or daughter. Our years of experience have given us many tools that we are prepared to put to work on your behalf even as your family adjusts to this great loss.
Get honest answers and dedicated legal representation you can count on when your life has been turned upside down by another’s negligence or wrongful acts. Contact us for a free consultation with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney at any of our locations in Waco, Temple, Round Rock, Laredo and Bryan.
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