Houston Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Every day individuals get into their cars and trucks after having a few too many alcohol beverages, or while intoxicated on drugs. In some instances, those people make it to their destination without any trouble. In other occasions, the police catch them and take them off of the road. However, sometimes, that does not happen until after they have caused a serious motor vehicle accident which results in serious injuries or death to innocent people.
In far too many cases, we have found that the criminal prosecutor (District Attorney) fails to explain to the innocent victims of DWI or DUI car wrecks the full extent of the law – INJURED PERSONS HAVE A RIGHT TO MONEY DAMAGES. We have found that many prosecutors have a large workload and simply don’t think to mention to the victims that in addition to the State’s criminal charges against the wrongdoer, the victim has rights in civil court for money damages. In most cases, the only way to receive full compensation from the drunk driver is to pursue a lawsuit against them in civil court.
A DWI or DUI car wreck case is not the same as a run of the mill car wreck case. Not all car wreck attorneys have the understanding of DWI law or how to prove up or maximize the value of a DWI car wreck case.
How Do DUIs Differ From Normal Car Collisions?
Houston car accident attorney Brian White has a thorough understanding of how best to prove up and maximize the value of a drunk driver car accident case. Specifically, we have an in-depth understanding of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, the police DWI/DUI intake process, and other steps that happen after a DWI or DUI car wreck. We also understand that much of the evidence must be obtained QUICKLY.
Attorney Brian White’s understanding of how to handle DWI car wrecks helps to locate and obtain very valuable evidence that would otherwise never be found. We have handled many cases where our opposing attorneys have literally complimented us after the conclusion of the case for the thorough job that we did in finding damaging evidence and using the law to build the value of our client’s case.
DWI and DUI car wreck also differ from traditional car wrecks in that in many instances, both compensatory and punitive damages are available. This is because if a person is found to have committed gross negligence (which stems from their conscious disregard for the safety of others), then in addition to compensatory damages, the jury can award punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages which are supposed to compensate an injured person for their injuries and damages, punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer. Factors that can be considered in awarding punitive damages are what sum of money that the jury believes will prevent the wrongdoer, or other similar people, from doing it again in the future. If a jury wants to send a message in a community that drunk driving is not acceptable and will be severely punished, they will award a large sum for punitive damages. The award for punitive damages goes to the injured driver.
We try cases to juries! Above all, a DWI car wreck lawyer must be willing to try the case to a jury. It is likely that a favorable jury pool is available even in the most traditionally unfavorable counties. This is because everyone recognizes that drunk drivers pose a mortal danger to everyone.
If an insurance company or opposing attorney is not convinced that the case WILL proceed to trial unless a fair amount is paid, you can bet that they will try to save money. The ONLY way to maximize the value of the case is to prepare it for trial. This does not mean that every drunk driving car accident case does, in fact, lead to trial. However, if the personal injury lawyer has not fully prepared the case for trial, it is very difficult to obtain the maximum sum on the case.
Check out our interactive infographic about the costs associated with a DWI/DUI
Brian White | Houston DWI Accident Lawyer
Attorney Brian White enjoys trying intoxicated driver cases. Having the opportunity to both seek justice for an injured client and make the roads a little safer for everyone else is a good thing. Moreover, due to the “juicy” evidence that is usually obtained (sobriety test videos, witness statements, etc.) from DWI car accidents, trials can be most entertaining for the winning client and lawyer, the judge and especially the jury.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident with an intoxicated person, call us today! (713) 224-4878.