How to Find the Best Lawyer for a Houston DWI Injury Accident
Written by Greg on February 3, 2020
Did you get injured by a drunk driver?
Driving on roads and highways throughout Texas, there is always at risk, no matter how small, that we end up in an accident. As you know, there are many different ways that this can happen, from a car striking us by running a red light or a sudden bottleneck causing a fender bender.
But having said this, one of the most concerning accidents occurs when another person is driving while intoxicated and strikes our vehicle. The damage can be severe—both physically and psychologically. Even if you suffer minor injuries, the trauma from such an intense experience can affect you for the rest of your life.
If you have recently experienced a DWI injury accident, you will certainly want to get the care you need to make a speedy recovery. But beyond that, it is likely in your best interest to hire a DWI injury attorney. A DWI injury attorney can help you receive compensation for not only your medical bills, but your pain and suffering. He or she can be your trusted advocate when corresponding with the driver’s insurance company. And if you need advice or guidance on the best way to recover from the accident, your lawyer can use his or her experience to help.
In this guide, we want to provide some helpful strategies on how to find the best lawyer for a DWI injury accident. Our goal is for you to quickly identify the best attorney for you so that you can expedite all aspects of your recovery.
Strategies to Find the Best Possible DWI Injury Attorney
When you are searching for a DWI injury attorney, you will need to do some thorough research. Granted, this may be more difficult than normal—especially if you are recovering from a serious injury. If that is the case, you may need to rely on a close family member or friend to conduct the research. However it’s done, make sure that you are completing some due diligence into your prospective attorney.
This naturally leads to the question of what you should search for when researching DWI injury attorneys. Several things should be on your radar.
First, look for specific experience handling DWI injuries. In a case as serious as yours, you will want a DWI injury attorney who has extensive experience litigating similar cases. Of course, past results do not guarantee future results. Nonetheless, by looking at a DWI injury attorney’s history and experience, you can get a better sense of how he or she will handle your case.
For instance, conduct some simple Google searches for the attorney’s name. Visit the attorney’s website and take a look around. LinkedIn pages can also be useful sources of information. You may even want to visit the State Bar of Texas website to see if your prospective attorney has faced any ethical violations in their career. What you are trying to do is paint a picture of your prospective attorney, seeing if they have the requisite experience to take on your case. If you are feeling any doubt about this, you may want to move on and find someone else.
From experience, you will also want to see prior results that a DWI injury attorney has achieved for his or her clients. To reiterate, just because an attorney has achieved a massive monetary result for one client doesn’t mean that you will obtain the same. But having said that, this evidence isn’t irrelevant. It can give you a better idea of how successful your DWI injury attorney is at the negotiating table or in the courtroom.
When looking at prior results, for instance, check out the attorney’s track record on punitive damages. Punitive damages are a special category of compensation after a personal injury. They don’t compensate you for any injuries or damage that you suffered in the accident. Rather, they exist to punish the defendant for his or her wrongful conduct.
Therefore, a DWI injury attorney that can obtain significant punitive damages in these cases may be particularly interesting. It signals that this attorney can present a compelling and comprehensive case that will convince a jury to award substantial damages. To find this information, you can often go to your prospective attorney’s website. If he or she obtained a large punitive award for a DWI injury case, it will most likely be displayed there.
Ultimately, examining the attorney’s track record on punitive damages can be a great proxy. It highlights the attorney’s aggressiveness and his or her ability to obtain a satisfactory return for the client. Don’t ignore this factor as you conduct your due diligence.
Talk with Former Clients
Finally, one of the best things that you can do when searching for a DWI injury attorney is to speak with prior clients. This includes both personal injury clients generally and those of the lawyer you are thinking of hiring.
These discussions can be extremely insightful. In the early days after your accident, speaking with those who have suffered similar injuries can help you avoid common mistakes when hiring an attorney. In other words, you can avoid unforced errors. For instance, in a discussion with another DWI accident victim, you may discover that you need to carefully review your attorney’s engagement letter before making the final hire. Especially if you are hiring an attorney for the first time, taking part in these discussions can demystify the process. You will have a better idea of what to expect when hiring your DWI injury attorney. Not only that, but you will have a better chance of avoiding mistakes—especially financial mistakes—when hiring your attorney.
This general advice is helpful. But even more helpful is to speak with former clients of your prospective attorney. This is an extremely valuable exercise. Often, these conversations provide you with an intimate, in-depth look at the attorney. You’re able to get a better sense of the attorney’s temperament, skill, responsiveness to client questions, and more.
Granted, finding these former clients may be difficult. You may have to do a little digging, whether that is looking for former clients on Yelp or another online platform. However, by putting in the hard work, you will find a great attorney and avoid a seemingly-great attorney.
Last (but not least), go ahead and contact the prospective attorney. Share your experience and your ultimate objectives for hiring the attorney. Along with this, use all of the insights you have gathered to create a series of questions. Don’t be afraid to probe on certain issues that may give you pause, whether that is the attorney’s experience, fee arrangements, or something else. Asking these questions now, no matter how awkward they may be, can help you avoid significant headaches in the long-run.
Experiencing a DWI injury accident can be life-changing. The damage can be long-lasting. Because of this, you will likely want to hire a DWI injury attorney to obtain compensation for your injuries.
Using the suggestions above, you will be in a much better position to hire the best attorney for you. Make sure to take your time and complete extensive due diligence. Don’t be afraid to ask “stupid questions.” By being slow and deliberative, you will be well on your way to obtaining fair compensation for your traumatic experience.