Plano DWI Accident Lawyer
Have you or someone you care about been hurt by a drunk driver in Texas? Do you need a Plano DWI accident lawyer? The dangers of driving while intoxicated are well known. Despite the risks, people continue to drive drunk – and as a result, their victims continue to suffer serious injuries and wrongful deaths. With over 23 years of experience handling drunk driver accidents in Plano, we understand the importance of quick action and aggressive litigation. When we accept your case, we will dispatch our team of lawyers, investigators, and experts to begin working on it.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), alcohol was involved in more than 25% of all fatal car accidents in 2019.
When we represent clients who have been injured or the families of those who have been killed by drunk drivers at the Law Office of Doug Goyen, we pursue damages to the full extent of the law. Our highly trained attorneys understand that we cannot restore our client’s perfect health or undo their losses, but we can assist them in obtaining the best financial compensation available and bringing them a measure of justice. Take the first step towards taking back control and contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen and speak to a Plano auto accident attorney at 972 599 4100, we will start working on your case immediately.
Our accident injury law firm has extensive experience battling insurance companies to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Most of the time, we are able to reach an agreement with the insurance companies, which includes the drunk driver’s insurance company as well as any third party’s insurance company. A third party could be the bar that continued to serve the drunk driver even though they were clearly inebriated or the parents who hosted an alcohol-filled party for underage drivers.
However, an insurance company may refuse to settle your claim, claiming that you were partially at fault in the accident or that your injuries were not as severe as you claim. Texas is a modified comparative fault state, which means that fault can be shared based on the results of the police and insurance company investigations. If you were partially to blame for the accident, the judge will reduce any damages you receive in court by the percentage of your fault. We are prepared to take your case to court in these cases. We’ll prove that the drunk driver was at fault. Your drunk driving attorney will represent you in court before the judge and jury.
We will also present your medical records as evidence to demonstrate the extent of your injuries from the accident and to establish that you did not have these medical issues prior to the accident.
To compensate you for your losses in a drunk driving accident, you have the right to file an insurance claim or a lawsuit. The following are examples of common damages:
- Past and future medical bills: The amounts of any medical bills required to treat your injury in the past and the amounts needed to treat them in the future.
- Earning capacity lost in the past and in the future: The amount of money you could have earned if you had not been injured; or you may want instead to file for past and future lost income: The amount of money you have lost and will lose as a result of the injury, depending on the facts of the case.
- Compensation is allowed for past and future pain and suffering based on a jury’s common sense, knowledge, and sense of justice. In terms of settling a claim, determining the value of pain and suffering is done by imagining what a jury – who does not know anyone involved – will think the value is.
- Physical impairment in the past and future: How you have been physically impaired in the past as a result of your injury, and how you will be physically impaired in the future.
- Disfigurement in the past and in the future: How the injury physically disfigured you in the past and how the disfigurement continues to affect you in the future.
- Past and future mental anguish: How your physical injury has caused significant mental anguish, to the point where it is more than disappointment, resentment, embarrassment, or anger, and how it will continue to do so in the future.
- Property damage: Property damage, such as damage to your car, computer, phone, or glasses, is recoverable in an accident case. Included in your property damage claim is a claim for rental car bills, or if you used your property or vehicle in your business and lost some of your income while the vehicle was unable to be driven, are recoverable in a car wreck or accident case. You may also have bills for storage: If your vehicle was towed from the scene and stored in a storage yard, you will be charged for that time. This is recoverable in the event of a car accident or a motor vehicle wreck.
- Total loss of property: If your vehicle was destroyed and cannot be repaired, you are entitled to the value of the vehicle immediately prior to the accident.
- Diminished value of the property: If your vehicle has been repaired but is now worth less money as a result of the accident, you are entitled to compensation for the diminished value of your vehicle.
As with any accident, the first step is to call 911 and report the incident. If you or someone in your party is injured, make sure to report it so that an ambulance can be dispatched. If someone is seriously injured, do not attempt to move them until help arrives, as moving them may aggravate their injuries.
If you or someone with you is able, use your cell phone to photograph, videotape, or both the accident scene. Attempt to obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses. This information will be useful if you file an insurance claim or sue the drunk driver.
After your immediate health concerns and injuries have been addressed, you should contact a Plano DWI accident lawyer. You can bet that the drunk driver will have a lawyer and that their insurance company will have a team of lawyers on their side. Working with your own lawyer levels the playing field.
If you have been injured as a result of a drunk driver, you need drunk driving accident lawyers who have experience with these types of personal injury cases. We will ask you detailed questions about your accident and the extent of your injuries during your free consultation. Our Plano drunk driving accident attorneys must gather this information in order to advise you on the next steps in your case. Call us at 972 599 4100 and we will begin working on your case right away.
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