Drunk driving accidents are devastating. Our managing partner, Tray Gober, knows this all too well. As a survivor of a crash with a drunk driver, he is personally invested in this area of law. He’s committed to helping victims get the justice they deserve.

Tray is acutely aware of the value of human life – and he wants to support you through this challenging time.

If you are injured in a drunk driver accident, contact our drunk driving accident lawyers for support.

Civil vs. Criminal DUI Charges: Proving a Civil DUI Case

There are two types of drunk driving accident cases: criminal and civil cases. In both types of cases, DUI detection tests are critical.

Field sobriety tests allow law officers to prove whether a driver is intoxicated based on their blood alcohol level. However, there’s always a risk that the test fails, or that it’s improperly administered. This is an issue for two reasons.

  1. Criminal DUI cases must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt”. This is a high standard of proof for any legal team to reach.
  2. What’s more, testing failures can lead to inaccurate results. You could be hit by a drunk driver and lose the case, purely due to an invalid test result.

Civil claims are different. We only need to show that based on the majority of the evidence, it’s more likely than not that a drunk driver caused the crash.

Our law firm benefits from having a former State Trooper in our ranks. Certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), he has administered various tests on suspects. He fully understands how field sobriety tests work and he’ll use his knowledge to your advantage.

When you hire our Houston drunk driving accident lawyers, you can trust that we have the experience to fight your corner most effectively.

Drunk Driving on drugs

One of the fastest areas of drunk driving arrests are people operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated on drugs, or a combination of drugs and alcohol.  As many media outlets have reported recently, there is a nationwide epidemic of opioid addiction. There are countless people injured every day by drivers operating motor vehicles while under the influence of opioids and other drugs that affect their ability to safely operate a vehicle.

Officers use the Drug Recognition Evaluation (or DRE) protocols when evaluating someone for intoxication by drugs.  These tests do not enjoy the same deference given to the SFSTs by most of our nation’s courts. Just because someone has drugs in their system may not necessarily indicate they were intoxicated by those drugs.  It is important that every action the drunk driver took or did not take be carefully evaluated by someone skilled in DWI detection, like our Austin Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys.

Failure to cooperate

Sometimes drunk drivers who injure other people in an accident will not talk to their insurance carrier or investigators until their criminal DWI case is resolved. When this happens their insurance company may deny coverage because the driver will not cooperate with them. If that happens it becomes important to work closely with the insurance company and the criminal defense attorney for the drunk driver to ensure coverage is not denied.

We understand how to handle these delicate negotiations and will work with all parties to do our best to make sure you don’t lose the ability to recover from your injuries because of the criminal charge against the other driver.

Third-Party Liability

Sometimes a person who served or supplied alcohol may be liable for injuries caused by an intoxicated driver. These cases are extremely rare, but there is a limited set of circumstances where the law applies to these third parties. Contact our Austin drunk driving accident attorneys to see if a third party may be liable for your injuries involving a drunk driver.

Why Choose Our Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Austin, Texas?

There are few attorneys with such a close and personal connection to DUI accidents. That’s what makes our Austin drunk driving accident attorneys stand out.

Tray vividly remembers his own childhood accident with a drunk driver. He remembers the fear, the anxiety, and the suffering. He remembers the injuries and the aftermath – the recovery and the uncertainty. And he knows the toll that a drunk driver can take on a whole family.

He is not just a drunk driving accident lawyer in Houston. He has the empathy, the knowledge, and the determination to fight for you. Choose us, and you’re choosing Austin drunk driving accident lawyers who truly care.

What to Do After a Drunk Driver Accident in Dallas, Texas

  • Get medical attention, even if you feel well. Our drunk driver accident lawyers can use your medical records to support your claim.
  • Ask for support if you need it. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. As Tray knows, these incidents take a toll on your mental health – not just your physical health.
  • Get a copy of the police report. Our drunk driving accident attorneys can evaluate the evidence and determine how to proceed.
  • Talk to an attorney. Only experienced personal injury lawyers know how much your case is worth. Do not accept an insurance payout without talking to our drunk driving accident attorneys!
  • Were you a passenger in the car with the drunk driver? You may still have a claim if you’re injured. Contact us to discuss your legal options.

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Committed to Justice

Our drunk driver accident lawyers do more than just apply the law. We fight to get justice for our clients. When you hire us, we will use our experience, passion, and drive to pursue your case. After all, we understand just how devastating drunk driving accidents can be.

Tray Gober knows that no amount of money makes up for what happened to you. But he also knows that you deserve justice for your losses – which means pursuing the maximum damages possible.

That’s why Tray and the team will work tirelessly to champion your best interests.

We don’t charge anything unless we win your case, and all first consultations are free. So contact us now for a meeting to discuss your legal options after a drunk driving crash.