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Hurt By A Drunk Driver? Here’s What To Do

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Drunk driving is a dangerous decision, not an accident. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident by a drunk driver, understand what steps you need to take next to reach a full recovery.

Hiring a lawyer is a crucial step for recovery of personal injuries. Here find meaningful insight on these cases from experienced attorneys at McMinn Law Firm. Text 512-474-0222 for a free case evaluation.

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Why Choosing the McMinn Law Firm If You’ve Been Hurt By a Drunk Driver is Important

The McMinn Law Firm has been handling car crash injury cases caused by drunk drivers. We have the experience and resources to ensure that your case is strong and aggressive enough against companies representing individuals who have failed to uphold basic responsibilities.

We believe that these accidents are unforgivable because they are 100% preventable. That’s why we are relentless in our commitment to every case. Reach out today to speak with a leading trial attorney at McMinn Law Firm.

Austin Drunk Driving Accident

At McMinn Law Firm, our experienced attorneys have often seen the pain and suffering of injuries in drunk driving accidents. If you were injured by a drunk driver, it’s recommended to seek the help of a personal injury or car accident lawyer.

Intoxicated drivers can include impairment from alcohol consumption, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs like cocaine or marijuana, although alcohol is the most frequent offense.

DWI, or driving while intoxicated, is an unnecessary and reckless behavior. In a year, there are thousands of individuals who suffer from injuries or the loss of a loved one because of drunk drivers.


After a Drunk Driving Accident

  • Seek critical medical care. Continue with rehabilitative medical care.
  • Count on emotional support from your community.
  • Hire a trusted advocate, personal injury lawyer, to represent you in court.

Make a Note

Possible injuries permitting, try to get as much information about the vehicle that hit you as possible. Quickly snap a picture of the vehicle or write down the license plate, make, model and color. If the driver of the other vehicle commits a hit-and-run, you’ll have as much information as possible to help the police find them afterwards. If you have a passenger in the vehicle, they may be able to capture a photo with their smart phone.

Call the Police

Call 911 immediately to report the accident. The police can record all details regarding the accident and establish if the other driver is over the legal alcohol limit.

Approach Witnesses and Take Photos

Talk to any witnesses and get their personal information so you can contact them later. They can provide a testimony in court that can help your case. Take pictures of the damage that occurred during the accident. Take as many as you think is necessary.

Seek Medical Care

Get medical care for possible injuries as soon as possible. Your health is the most important thing to worry about after an accident. Even if you think you aren’t badly hurt, still see a doctor. There might be injuries that you aren’t even aware of. The doctor will also document your injuries and this information can be used in your personal injury case.

Contact a Lawyer

A good personal injury lawyer can help you handle your case and retrieve the compensation that you deserve. If you are injured in a car crash with a drunk driver, contact McMinn Law Firm. Our personal injury lawyers have experience with personal injury cases and will fight relentlessly for your case.


No one should have to face a legal battle alone after an injury at the hands of a drunk driver.

Why a Lawyer After Drunk Driving Accident is Important

A personal injury lawyer can help you in your case to secure the financial help you will need to recover fully. Negligence is never an excuse for an injury, no matter how mild – and most especially for the loss of life.

Insurance companies of drunk drivers who have been involved in an accident often try to cheat the injured person out of the compensation they truly deserve. They do this by attempting to limit the person’s recovery to the smallest amount and coming to a quick settlement with the victim. Thus, allowing the insurance company to steer clear of any future medical expenses, future pain and suffering, and potentially punitive damages.

If you’ve been hit by a drunk driver, negligence will always be put on the drunk party. After the accident, call or message a drunk driving accident lawyer to discuss options and see what’s next for your case.

If you’ve been the victim of a DWI accident you need an experienced Austin car crash attorney.


Many of these crashes lead to serious injury, lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and even death. Family members may also suffer if a loved one has been in an alcohol-related crash for the need to take care of that family member, or even funeral costs.

Knowing what to do after a drunk driving accident could help you get back to life before the accident quicker. Read on to learn more about what to do immediately after an accident.

The McMinn Law Firm is here for you or a loved one that has been involved in a drunk driving accident. Our lawyers can help you be assured that you or your family knows how to deal with the insurance companies and take the time to obtain the settlement that you deserve and need.

Whether it be a drunk driving related car accident or trucking accident, we want to help you go through this process so you do not have to face it alone. We will check every aspect that we can such as all events and reports of the accident, records of the drunk driver, and any medical examinations in order to assess the full extent of the damage and potential liability of the drunk driver.

Drunk Driving Crash Statistics

TxDoT reported these stats in 2018 relating to Austin drunk driving cases:

  1. Lives lost due to DUI: 22
  2. Fatal Accidents involving DUI: 19
  3. Crashes caused by DUI: 1,234

These statistics reveal how important advocacy for those injured at hands of drunk drivers remains in 2019.

Drunk driving accidents make a serious impact on our Austin, TX community. According to MADD, 2 in 3 Americans will be involved in a drunk driving crashes in their lifetime. Injuries at the hands of DUI drivers are scary. But you don’t have to go through the next steps alone.

Every year Austinites trust personal injury lawyer Jason McMinn and car accident attorney Justin McMinn with what steps to take after a crash with a drunk driver.


Drunk Driving Case Results from McMinn Law Firm

Clients trust McMinn Law Firm with their drunk accident cases. Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn hold reckless drivers accountable.

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$1.3M For Man Injured at Hands of Speeding, Drunk Driver

McMinn Law Firm secured a settlement of $1.3M for the passenger of a speeding drunk driver. The man suffered severe injuries to his left wrist, left hand, and neck. The drunk driver was believed to be driving his Corvette at 75-100 mph when he struck a stone wall in a residential neighborhood. Following the crash, the drunk driver immediately fled the scene on foot, leaving the passenger injured, and unassisted in the smoking vehicle. Left alone, the passenger was forced to kick out the door and window to exit the vehicle. A Good Samaritan contacted 911 so that the client of McMinn Law Firm could receive needed medical treatment. The client of McMinn Law Firm required emergency surgery at the hospital where he remained for four days following the crash.

McMinn Law Firm negotiated with the drunk driver's insurance company and settled for $1,300,000 before trial. Even though he didn't carry health insurance, the passenger was able to receive needed medical treatment for his hand and neck injuries. The client of McMinn Law Firm has a path going forward after this horrific drunk driving crash that never should have happened.

Expenses: $2,716.06 | Attorney's Fees: $433,333.33 | Net to Client: $863,950.61

Crucial assistance from attorneys at McMinn Law Firm turned things around for client injured in a drunk driving accident.

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