Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys Who Fight for Justice & Win You Maximum Compensation
At Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, we understand the devastating consequences of drunk driving accidents. The repercussions of such incidents are far-reaching, affecting not only the victims but also their families and communities. As dedicated accident lawyers, we are committed to seeking justice for those who have suffered harm, or wrongful death, due to the reckless actions of intoxicated drivers. With our expertise and compassionate approach, we strive to help victims navigate the legal process and secure the maximum compensation available.
Why Choose Mullen & Mullen to Represent Your Drunk Driving Injury Claim?
According to TopVerdict.com, we represented an impressive 19 out of the “Top 50” personal injury settlements throughout the entire state of Texas in 2021 (2022 results not yet tabulated). Clearly, our experienced lawyers possess the expertise needed to effectively maximize compensation for our clients.
It’s worth noting that no other Texas law firm even came close to our number of appearances on the Top 50 list. One of our accident injury cases even made it to the Top 10, while eight others secured positions in the Top 11-20, and an additional ten cases achieved rankings in the Top 21-50. This unparalleled track record enables us to confidently assert that if you suffered injuries from a drunk driver, we will undoubtedly secure a higher compensation amount for you.
Don’t hesitate to take advantage of our exclusive offer for a reduced contingency fee. There is never any fee unless or until your claim is settled. Call (214) 747-5240 now for a free consultation. Our Dallas accident lawyers have been holding intoxicated drivers accountable for 40 years.
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At the heart of our practice lies a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding drunk driving accidents. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm has been in business in Dallas for 40 years, and our seasoned attorneys, with 95 years of combined experience, possess extensive knowledge of the relevant laws, regulations, and legal precedents that pertain to these cases. Our personal injury law office specializes in representing victims of alcohol-related crashes, and we have a proven track record of successfully litigating such cases. The fact that our law firm represented 19 of the “Top 50” personal injury settlements in Texas, as reported by TopVerdict.com, clearly demonstrates our ability.
Diagnostic & Medical Treatment at No Upfront Cost
Unlike other law firms, we ensure that your medical billing is postponed until after your drunk driving injury claim is settled, regardless of whether you have health insurance or can afford your deductible. Over the span of 40 years, our lawyers have established exclusive relationships with leading medical professionals and institutions in Dallas and throughout Texas, specializing in treating accident victims. Many doctors hesitate to treat individuals involved in accidents due to concerns about becoming entangled in lengthy legal proceedings.
Mullen & Mullen Law Firm has fostered connections with various types of healthcare providers, diagnostic facilities, pharmacies, and all essential medical services. These providers are willing to accept a letter of protection, meaning they will wait for the case to be resolved before receiving payment.
It is crucial not to rely on the insurance company’s immediate settlement offers following a drunk driving accident. Firstly, you have not undergone diagnostic testing yet, and secondly, the extent of your required medical care is unknown. While many people maintain a positive outlook and assume they are only experiencing minor soreness for a few days, this is not always the case. If you hastily accept a quick settlement based on optimism, it may turn out to be insufficient to cover the necessary healthcare treatments you may later discover you require. Furthermore, if your injuries are severe and permanent, the settlement will not adequately compensate you for pain and suffering, physical impairment, and potentially disfigurement.
Comprehensive Legal Representation
When you choose Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, you can expect comprehensive legal representation tailored to your specific needs. Our attorneys recognize that each case is unique, and we take the time to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident. Our skilled team works diligently to gather evidence, consult with experts, interview witnesses, and reconstruct the events leading up to the crash. Armed with this information, we build a strong and compelling case to hold the intoxicated driver accountable for their actions.
Support and Compassion
We understand that drunk driving accidents can be emotionally and physically traumatic for victims. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate support throughout the legal process. Our attorneys take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you informed about the progress of your case. Our goal is to alleviate the burden on you and your loved ones, allowing you to focus on your recovery while we fight for your rights.
Richard Taylor on Google said: “I cannot say enough good things about Mullen & Mullen, they are the best in the business! With a permanent neck injury, after already having a discectomy, my future was looking very dark. They got the full term limits from all parties and gave a light for my future instead. Always professional, and are the best I’ve ever seen at answering concerns, and returning phone calls and messages. They are not just a cut above, they are the gold standard of what great attorneys should be. I especially want to thank Joseph Morrison and Rosa, you are tops. Thank you both so very much.”
Allie Farooq said on Google: “We were hit by a drunk driver in Mesquite Texas, and immediately went to google search to find an attorney at the scene. We were very apprehensive because we had never been in this type of situation, and never had hired an attorney for a car wreck. We solely chose Mullen & Mullen based on their 5 star reviews. We are so glad we made this decision! We were both hurt bad and had to see doctors and go through physical therapy. Attorney Joseph Morrison handled our case and was so extremely caring and understood our pain. He took his time with our case. Every time I called, he answered, and spent so much time on the phone answering each question. He made sure we got all the treatment necessary before closing our case. We were extremely pleased with the end result and will always call if we ever need him. My husband told me it’s so easy and they are so nice it makes me nervous. We learned it really was just easy! They really did have our best interest at heart. Our neighbor had a similar wreck and we told them to call and they didn’t. They lost so much and the wife still has pain to this day. She always says to me we should have called.”
Seeking Justice and Fair Compensation
Our primary objective is to seek justice for our clients and ensure they receive fair compensation for their losses. Our lawyers pursue all available legal avenues to hold the intoxicated driver accountable and secure the maximum compensation possible. This may include seeking damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, property damage, wrongful death, and other related costs.
Advocacy and Trial Experience
While we strive to negotiate fair settlements, we are also prepared to take your case to trial if necessary. Our highly skilled attorneys possess strong advocacy skills and are experienced trial lawyers who are not afraid to litigate aggressively on your behalf. We are adept at presenting compelling arguments, cross-examining witnesses, and countering any defenses put forth by the opposing party. Our ultimate goal is to achieve a favorable outcome for you, whether through negotiation or courtroom litigation.
Contact Mullen & Mullen Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a drunk driving accident in Dallas, do not hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team of drunk driving accident lawyers. We offer a free initial consultation where we can assess your case, discuss your legal options, and provide guidance on how to proceed. Remember, time is of the essence, as there are legal deadlines that must be met. Let us fight for your rights and seek the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact our law office today, and let us be your trusted advocates in your journey toward healing and justice.
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About Drunk Driving Injury Claims & Texas Law
Below you will find frequently asked questions and detailed information about Texas law and accident injury claims involving impaired or drunk drivers.
Are you entitled to punitive damages if injured by a drunk driver in Texas?
In Texas, if you were injured by an impaired driver, you may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish reckless or grossly negligent conduct and exceed basic injury compensation.
How do you establish the negligent driver was intoxicated or under the influence at the time of the accident?
How can you establish that the negligent driver was intoxicated or under the influence during the accident? There are various ways to do so while attributing fault to the driver for operating their motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. One of the simplest methods is if the Investigating Officer arrested the at-fault driver at the accident scene on suspicion of DWI or DUI.
It’s important to note that even if criminal charges were dropped against the at-fault driver or they were found not guilty in a criminal trial, you may still be entitled to punitive damages. In criminal cases, the Defendant’s guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, whereas civil trials only require a finding based on a preponderance of the evidence, meaning it is more likely than not.
We have an in-house accident investigator who will promptly request and acquire a copy of the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report pertaining to your incident, if one has been completed. Moreover, our accident investigator will submit an open records request to relevant law enforcement agencies in order to obtain additional documents related to the collision, such as officers’ notes and witness statements.
Additionally, our Dallas attorneys will closely monitor the advancement of any criminal charges brought against the at-fault driver for impairment. We will actively pursue the acquisition of documents associated with any guilty pleas or “no contest” pleas related to your drunk driving accident injury.
Furthermore, we will conduct a thorough background search on the intoxicated or impaired driver. This search aims to determine their financial resources and uncover any prior criminal history, specifically previous arrests for driving while intoxicated or under the influence.
If the police didn’t investigate the wreck is it impossible to prove the at-fault driver was drunk or high?
If the police did not investigate the wreck, it is possible that proving the at-fault driver was drunk or high becomes more difficult. However, it can still be done, albeit with greater challenges. Your testimony alone can serve as evidence to establish that the Defendant was intoxicated.
For instance, if you witnessed the at-fault driver discarding beer cans from their vehicle after the wreck, speaking incoherently, stumbling or struggling to maintain balance due to intoxication, or any other behavior indicating drug or alcohol use, you would be permitted to testify about these observations. This would also include detecting the smell of alcohol on the at-fault party’s breath.
It is important to remember that confirming the at-fault driver’s intoxication without police presence at the scene is easier if an independent witness corroborates your statements or provides their own testimony indicating their belief that the at-fault driver was under the influence.
How can our drunk driving accident attorneys assist you with this?
Our accident investigator will make efforts to locate and interview any known witnesses who can testify about the at-fault driver’s words or actions following the drunk driving accident. If possible, the investigator will have the witness provide a sworn affidavit. Additionally, the investigator has experience in surveying areas to identify potential witnesses.
Setting Up Proper Insurance Claims After a Drunk Driving Accident
When should you file insurance claims?
You should file insurance claims with all potential insurance carriers as soon as possible. Generally, the quicker you file claims the sooner your vehicle will be repaired or replaced.
What insurance claims should you file if you have been hurt in an accident with an impaired or drunk driver?
You may be able to file the following potential insurance claims:
- You can file a liability claim against the drunk or impaired driver, seeking compensation for both property damage and injury damages.
- Another option is to file a liability claim against the drunk or impaired driver’s employer if they were working at the time of the collision. This claim would cover property damage as well as injury damages.
- You can also file a liability claim against the owner of the at-fault motor vehicle if they negligently entrusted the vehicle to a drunk or otherwise impaired driver. This claim would encompass property damage and injury damages.
- If the drunk driver or impaired driver does not have insurance, you can file an uninsured motorist claim through your own automobile insurance carrier.
- In case your damages exceed the insurance limits of the drunk or impaired driver, you can file an underinsured motorist claim through your own automobile insurance carrier.
- Additionally, you can file a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim through your own automobile insurance carrier. This claim aims to reimburse your medical expenses and lost wages resulting from the accident.
Our Dallas attorneys will file all necessary claims with potential insurance carriers at the onset of your drunk driving accident injury case. And you may be entitled to certain insurance coverage if you live in a household with someone who carries additional coverage beyond that contained in your own policy.
Vehicle Repair vs. Vehicle Replacement
We will assist you in making sure your car, motorcycle, or truck is replaced or repaired in a timely manner following the accident with the impaired driver.
Should you take your car to the repair shop recommended by the at-fault party’s insurance carrier?
No way. Insurance carriers want your vehicle damage to be evaluated to be as low as possible. You should always exercise your right to take your car, motorcycle, or truck to a dealership or repair shop of your own choosing to obtain an estimate after an accident.
Are you entitled to a rental car if injured by an intoxicated driver?
Yes. Normally you are entitled to a rental car after an accident. That is unless your vehicle has been “totaled” or deemed a “total loss.” If your automobile is “totaled” you are only entitled to recover the fair market value (FMV) of your vehicle. Although some carriers will pay for a rental vehicle until your automobile has been determined to be a “total loss”.
Filing a property damage claim with your own insurance company and requesting a rental vehicle (if you have that coverage) is sometimes the quickest way to get your car repaired or replaced after an accident. You will likely pay your deductible but should receive a refund of the deductible amount once the at-fault party’s insurer pays for the cost of repairs and/or the replacement value.
Securing a Law Loan
Can you get a loan against your injury claim?
Most likely. Most law loan companies, however, do require that you have an attorney in order to receive a loan against your settlement proceeds. Our Dallas law firm works with all of the major law loan companies to help clients receive immediate financial assistance.
Securing Medical Treatment After Your Accident
Can you get diagnostics and medical treatment, even if you don’t have health insurance or can’t afford your deductible?
Yes. Our law office has established relationships with numerous medical providers who have all agreed to delay billing until your case settles. Our Dallas attorneys even work with a number of orthopedic surgeons, and even a neurosurgeon, who are willing to forego payment for surgery until your case concludes. Of course, available insurance proceeds must be established prior to the surgery. In addition, we work with anesthesiologists, surgical centers, surgical nurses, and hospitals who are also willing to postpone payment until after your claim is resolved.
What happens if a health insurance company pays a portion of your medical bills following the accident?
The health insurance company is generally entitled to be reimbursed if you recover funds from a negligent third-party. However, our attorneys can almost always convince the health insurance company to discount the amount of its lien.
Damages You May Be Able to Recover Against the Drunk Driver that Injured You in Texas
Available damages fall into two general categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages include:
- recovery of your medical expenses,
- any reasonable and necessary future medical expenses,
- vehicle repair costs or the replacement value of your vehicle,
- diminished value of your vehicle,
- lost wages, and income you will lose in the future.
Non-economic damages are not as readily ascertainable. These damages include:
- pain and suffering in the past and future,
- impairment in the past and future,
- and mental anguish in the past and future.
Our accident law firm has 40 years of experience in evaluating personal injury cases. We seek to maximize your recovery and fully develop your damage model. Our attorneys will retain experts to establish both liability and damages if necessary.
For Example: In the past we have retained economists and vocational rehabilitation consultants to develop our clients’ claims for loss of earnings in the future. Our Dallas accident lawyers have also retained life-care planners to estimate future medical costs as well as to evaluate the cost of any accommodations made necessary due to drunk driver inflicted injuries.
Injury Cases Against Dallas Bars & Restaurants for Over-Serving Alcohol to a Driver
If you were injured in an accident with a drunk driver, or a loved one was killed, you can file a claim against a bar or restaurant if they over-served alcohol. These claims, often referred to as “Dram Shop” cases, require you to demonstrate the bar or restaurant over-served alcohol to an obviously intoxicated individual.
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Shane V. Mullen is an attorney licensed by the State of Texas for the general practice of law, and the Managing Partner at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, TX. His firm focuses exclusively on personal injury law and has been in business for 40 years (since 1983). Before becoming a lawyer, Shane worked for his father as an accident injury claims investigator.