Being injured or losing a loved one because of a negligent driver is bad enough without knowing that the driver was drunk. A layer of frustration and anger is added to the pain you’re already feeling, and you have a right to be upset and to want legal justice.

While tens of thousands of people are arrested and convicted of drunk driving in Texas each year, the criminal justice system offers little in terms of financial compensation for DUI accident victims. Still, a criminal case can provide important evidence for a civil claim of liability against a drunk driver. To get the full compensation you deserve, you need a personal injury lawyer who knows how to maximize that evidence.

Remember, you are not alone.

Unfortunately, Texans face a serious risk of being injured by a drunk driver. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, two years ago Texas had more drunk driving fatalities – 1,1337 – than any other state. That number represents 39.5 percent of all traffic deaths on Texas roads in 2013.

Another remarkable fact: in 2013 there were 99,195 DUI arrests in Texas, but only 71,030 of those arrests resulted in convictions. It is important to understand, though, that a person does not have to be convicted of DUI in order to be held civilly liable for injuries caused in an alcohol-related accident.

Seek legal guidance as soon as possible after a crash with a drunk driver.

Even if it hasn’t been confirmed yet that the driver who hit you was drunk, it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney soon after the crash. A seemingly harmless statement to an insurance company or an overlooked piece of evidence could threaten your right to the maximum in compensation.

At The Levine Law Firm, we provide efficient, compassionate legal representation to victims of DUI accidents. We work quickly on behalf of our clients to get the results they need. To learn more about our track record of success, please see our drunk driving accident overview.