When someone gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after having too much to drink, they risk causing a serious accident that could injure or kill others. If you’ve been involved in an alcohol-related car crash in the Fort Worth area, work with a dedicated personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. Founded in 1984, we have over 34 years of experience assisting with the most difficult injury claims, including those resulting from the negligent actions of drunk drivers. We are passionate about serving the needs of injury victims throughout our community; so don’t hesitate to contact our firm.
After a DUI accident, we take swift action by conducting a comprehensive evaluation of your case and giving you an honest opinion on your legal options. As part of this process, we examine the police report, photographs, witness accounts and any relevant information, including insurance issues, including whether or not the driver of the other vehicle was uninsured or underinsured. We also look at whether the driver has been charged with a crime or has a history of driving while intoxicated, both of which will impact your potential civil claim.
The bottom line is that drunk driving is extremely dangerous and irresponsible, and the victims of these car accidents do not deserve to suffer as much as they typically do. However, drinking and driving continues to be a major problem in Texas — in 2013 there were 215 fatal crashes (and 2,499 causing serious injuries) involving at least one driver who had been drinking before driving. There were nearly 15,000 total accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol.
Although many injuries occur when an alcohol-impaired driver strikes another vehicle, passengers in the drunk driver’s car may also suffer injuries. These individuals may also be able to seek compensation from the party at fault, although there are unique considerations that must be examined concerning what the passengers knew regarding the intoxicated state of the driver. The defendant’s legal counsel will likely argue that you did know the driver was under the influence of alcohol and therefore accepted the ride knowing the inherent risk involved. Often, passengers have looked to another as a designated driver and not be fully aware of their state of mind prior to the accident. A thorough examination of the facts and investigation immediately after the accident will greatly assist us in helping victims of these tragic accidents.
If someone you know has been killed in a drunk driving accident, it’s up to that individual’s family members to file a wrongful death claim. Survivor claims, which are separate from a wrongful death action, operate similarly to a personal injury claim that the deceased person likely would have pursued had he or she survived the crash. In most cases, parents, spouses and children of the deceased are the people who take action, and the Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. helps them seek damages for loss of financial and emotional support, medical bills and funeral expenses as it applies to the respective action.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a drunk driver, turn to the Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. in Fort Worth, Texas. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we are happy to make after-hours appointments if it’s more convenient to you. For a free initial consultation, call 817-332-7676 or contact us online today.