Accidents caused by drunk drivers can have devastating and life-altering changes to the victims.
Joe I. Zaid & Associates believe that drunk drivers should be held responsible for the injuries they caused the victims. We also believe that you and your loved ones should receive the compensation you are owed.
Our goal is for you to receive the maximum financial recovery for you and your loved ones. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Texas drunk driving accident, contact us today to discuss your case and get you back on your feet.
We are experienced attorneys that have successfully handled DUI’s, and DWI’s against drunk drivers and will fight for your rights in court. Do not suffer any longer, call us today at (281) 990-5200 or schedule a free consultation.
What a Drunk Driver Accident Attorney Can do For You
Your attorney will prosecute the case on your behalf to recover the compensation for your pain and suffering, physical injuries, financial and emotional damages. You could also receive even more money through punitive damages. In order to receive a higher settlement, the drunk driver must also be criminally charged.
Joe I. Zaid & Associates have experience as both criminal prosecutors who have fought against drunk driving cases and as civil attorneys who have collected monetary settlements for the victims. We understand the process of proving and convicting drunk driving accident cases and pursuing maximum compensation for you and your loved ones.
We will use our skills and experience to fight for you and recover the compensation you deserve. In some cases, drunk driving accident cases may be resolved without the need of going to court or filing a lawsuit against the driver.
How Can a Texas DWI / DUI Laws Impact Your Case?
Texas defines driving while intoxicated (DWI) as operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration (BAC) 0.08 or greater. However, even if the driver’s BAC is lower than 0.08, they can still be convicted of a DWI or DUI.
If a minor under the age of 21 drivers while intoxicated, they could be charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
Pursuing a civil claim against a drunk driver who has caused your injuries or has killed a loved one is different than criminally charging the driver.
In Texas, a drunk driver could be criminally punished for their actions. If found guilty the drunk driver will be ordered to serve a sentence and pay fines. However, they are not necessarily liable for compensating the victim.
These laws could impact your civil case against a drunk driver who has harmed you or a loved one. You may also be able to file two cases, a civil and a criminal case against the drunk driver.
If the drunk driver is convicted, they may be negligent, and the law will focus on the losses you have suffered.
If the drunk driver intently caused your accident, you may be eligible to recover punitive damages and receive a higher settlement.
Hire an experienced drunk driving accident attorney immediately to protect your rights against the drunk driver so that you can recover a higher settlement and criminally charge the drunk driver for your injuries.
Who Can You Sue If You Are Injured by a Drunk Driver?
If you were a motorist, pedestrian, bicyclist, or even a passenger driven by the intoxicated driver, you have rights and should seek to hold the drunk driver liable for your damages.
However, the drunk driver may not be the only party at fault for the accident. Joe I. Zaid & Associates will examine your case closely and will determine if other parties are also held liable. These parties include:
The Drunk Driver’s Employer
In Texas, employers can be held liable for any damages their employees caused while working. For example, if you were injured by a drunk driver that was making a delivery, the employer may be liable for your damages.
The Store, Bar or Restaurant That Sold Alcohol to The Drunk Driver
The Texas Dram Shop Act allows you to sue a business that sold alcohol to a visibly intoxicated customer or minor that caused the accident and left you with emotional and physical damages to you or a loved one.
A Social Host That Gave Alcohol to a Non-Related Minor
If a social host provided alcohol to a non-related minor who in turn caused the accident which resulted in your injuries may be held liable in Texas. However, this law does not apply for related minors.
What Damages Can You Recover in a Drunk Driver Accident Claim?
Joe I. Zaid & Associates are committed to maximizing your compensation for you and your loved ones. We will thoroughly investigate your case and negotiate a just settlement amount. If necessary, we will fight in court so that you can recover what you are owed.
While the amount typically depends on the facts and the issues involved in your case, damages recovered typically include:
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical expenses
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages and future income
- Physical impairment
- Other related expenses
These damages are known as compensatory damages and are in place to help you recover after an accident caused by a drunk driver.
In a drunk driving accident cases, punitive damages or exemplary damages may also be recovered. These damages are aimed at punishing the drunk driver for gross or malice negligence and discouraging the at-fault party from committing the act in the future.
We believe in obtaining punitive damages for our clients that suffered in the hands of a drunk driver.
Speak with a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Today
If you have suffered injuries or if a loved one has been killed by a drunk driver, Joe I. Zaid & Associates are committed and passionate attorneys that will take on your case and aggressively recover the compensation you deserve. We will also work hard to recover punitive damages so that you and your family can recover a higher settlement.
We believe in the rights of our clients and will fight tirelessly on your behalf. Let us represent you and get your life back on track.
We will not charge any fees unless we win your case. Call now or fill out our free consultation form.