Help for Victims of Drunk Driving View video transcript here If you’ve been injured in a drunk driving accident, chances are the insurance company has already contacted you. It’s very important that you don’t give them a statement and you call me as soon as you can. Drunk driver cases are a little bit different than a normal car wreck in that a bar or club, if they over-served the individual, may be potentially responsible. In some cases involving real serious injury it’s very important that we get to the facts of the case as quickly as possible so we can find witnesses at the bar and at the club to help make that case. One aspect of drunk driver cases that is not present in other auto accidents are punitive damages. There is a reason that the insurance company wants to talk to you quickly. It’s because they don’t want to have punitive damages. They want to keep what they pay as low as possible. If you’ve been a victim of a drunk driver, call me. There’s no obligation for the consultation and there is no fee unless I win the case. While drunk driving is a crime and you can be assured in an injury accident the state will prosecute the drunk driver criminally. That does not help the victim of a drunk driving accident. The Baumgartner law firm handles civil lawsuits against drunk drivers, bars and others and has a proven track record in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. One of the key factors in serious drunk driving accident is to determine where and how the drinking driver got drunk because many times other potential defendants can be pursued in addition to the drunk driver. While lawsuits against bars and clubs have legal hurdles in Texas, the Baumgartner law firm has been extremely successful in many noteworthy cases against not only the drunk driver but also those who served them. Not every case against a drunk driver will involve a bar or club. It is important to hire a reputable drunk driver accident attorney as soon as possible after the car accident while evidence can still be preserved. The police often videotape the drinking driver and the lawyer for the drunk driver in the criminal case will seek to have the videotape destroyed after the case is resolved. Sometimes especially if the lawsuit will involve a club or bar such evidence is very important. Additionally, when a bar or a club is a potential defendant it is critical to obtain eyewitness evidence at the establishment. That can only happen if you hire a personal injury lawyer quickly after the drunk driving accident. Punitive Damages In many drunk-driving accidents punitive damages can be sought for the dangerous conduct on the part of the defendant driver. While Texas has established express rules for dealing with punitive damages they may be appropriately sought in some accidents involving the DWI accident. It is important to note, that punitive damages are in addition to actual damages and are assessed as a civil punishment for bad acts. The Baumgartner law firm has handled many noteworthy cases involving substantial punitive damages in drunk driver accident cases.