Make Motorists Driving While Intoxicated Financially Responsible for Their Actions with Help from Plano, TX DWI Attorney Kent Starr
Why you? You were driving responsibly, but then the sudden, reckless actions of another motorist caused dramatic changes in your life.
Your car is totaled, you can’t remember what happened at the time of the accident, and all you know right now is that your body is in great pain. At least your life wasn’t lost!
But now, you have a number of terrifying questions floating through your mind, like:
- How will you and your family be able to survive financially now that you won’t be able to work for a while?
- Will you be able to pay all the medical bills associated with your injury and recovering from it?
- Is it possible for you to make a full physical recovery from your injuries?
- Will you ever be able to perform your job tasks again?
- How will you deal with the emotional difficulties of going through this situation?
- Will you ever be able to return to work in full capacity in the future?
- Is it possible for you to once again have a normal life, doing all the things you enjoy?
Plano, TX DWI Attorney Kent Starr Helps You with all of These Difficulties and More
It’s never easy to go through all the difficulties that come with being the victim of an OWI accident. That’s why you need someone with experience who can help.
For more than 17 years, Attorney Kent Starr has helped DWI accident victims like you get the maximum financial compensation they deserve. While other inexperienced and less aggressive lawyers aim to settle, Kent takes your case as far as he believes it can go. Many clients who were advised to either settle or not pursue their case in court later got much better legal outcomes after working with Kent.
You see, Kent has always been very aggressive. During college, he was a Golden Gloves boxer, and he also got a first degree black belt. He no longer fights physically, but he now puts that aggressive personal nature to use for you in court.
But don’t worry! While Kent is fearless and thorough in the courtroom, he’s a pretty down-to-earth and understanding guy in person. He’ll walk you through all the details of your case and situation step-by-step so you know exactly what’s going to happen and what to do. And he’s got a good sense of humor to help you make this difficult time a little easier too.
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Kent’s allies and adversaries alike give him a high amount of respect. He does the right thing, regardless of what happens to him. Because of his excellent reputation, he has more inquiries than he can handle, so he’s not able to take on every case.
During your FREE consultation, Kent tells you what he can and cannot do. If your case isn’t one he can take on and win, you’ll know.
On the other hand, if Kent can help, you can expect an incredible effort and impeccable service.
You also only pay a fee if your case wins in court – a percentage of the final amount you win (called a “contingency fee.”)
There’s absolutely no risk in calling. Get your FREE consultation today by contacting us online or calling 469.500.5000.
DWI Personal Injury Case FAQs
What’s the difference between civil and criminal DWI cases?
In criminal cases, the government prosecutes the individual. Typically, the defendant ends up with fines, probation, and perhaps a prison sentence. The defendant is involved in a trial, and the jury usually returns a “guilty” or “not guilty” verdict.
In civil DWI cases, one individual brings a civil lawsuit against another (in most cases). The defendant in a civil DWI case has a nearly 100% chance of not going to imprison, unless they are held in contempt of court. In civil cases, you pursue financial compensation for the damages you experience. Some civil cases have juries, while others do not. In civil cases, you must have a “preponderance of the evidence” to prove your case.
What is negligence?
In the legal world, negligence describes when you fail to use the “reasonable care” most people would use in the same circumstances. It can occur because of an act committed, or an action you failed to take. For a negligence claim to be successful, you must show the person that injured you owed you a legal duty, that their breach of duty caused your injury, and that you would not have been injured had that breach not occurred.
How long do I have to make a claim?
This is what every state’s “statute of limitations” refers to. The length of time is different in various states. In Texas, you have two years from your date of injury to make your personal injury claim.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
These types of cases must have two elements – liability and damages. If the person you believe caused your injury actually did engage in wrongful conduct, that meets the criteria for liability. If the defendant did in fact cause your injury, and the expenses associated with the injury outweigh the costs of pursuing the claim in court, you probably have a solid case.
What if I am partially at fault for my injuries?
Let’s say you crossed the center line of the road at the time you were hit by a drunk driver because you were talking on your cell phone.
Technically, there is the common law rule of “contributory negligence.” This rule holds that if you were partially negligent in the cause of your injuries, you cannot recover damages for them.
However, since this sometimes gives unfair results to some victims, there is a comparative negligence test that determines a percentage of full compensation to be paid to you if you are injured.
If this sounds confusing, it is. Make sure you contact a professional personal injury attorney for specifics regarding your case.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
It’s fairly complex to arrive at a precision answer to this question. Here’s what examined when you determine that number:
- Monetary costs for your injuries (medical bills)
- Physical financial damages
- Financial damages for mental pain and suffering
You can settle for an amount before going to court. Or, you can take the case to court if that number is not reasonable. Then, a judge and/or jury award the appropriate amount.
Can I get punitive damages?
Possibly, but they’re tough to prove in court. If the defendant’s conduct is particularly outrageous and dangerous, you may be able to get these damages.
The goal of compensatory damages, the type you typically seek in court, is to “make someone whole.” But the goal of punitive damages is to punish the defendant, and hopefully they help deter the defendant from taking the reckless action again in the future.
Punitive damages are capped at certain limits because plaintiffs have typically already received compensation for their injuries, and courts are concerned juries may award too much money to plaintiffs.
What if the insurance company does not offer me a reasonable settlement?
You probably should at least run any settlement offer by a professional lawyer. Insurance companies are supposed to make fair settlement offers in a timely manner.
However, they exist to make a profit. And if they pay out money, their profits decline. It’s typically in the best interest of all parties to settle a case prior to trial. However, if you are not sure the offer you’re receiving is fair, then you should contact an experienced attorney.
How do I pay a DWI accident attorney?
At Starr & Associates, we charge on a “contingency fee” basis. You don’t have to pay any fees – unless your case wins. This covers our time involved in investigating your case.
Additionally, you may also have to pay for the various costs associated with investigating your case.
Costs can include:
- Filing fees
- Obtaining medical records and police reports
- Fees for paying expert witnesses
- Filing fees
The final settlement check will go to your representing lawyer, and you will receive the percentage you are owed from him or her.
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We’re happy to talk to you about the details of your case for 30 minutes – at no charge to you. And remember, you pay nothing unless Kent wins your case.
There’s absolutely no risk to you in contacting us – why not learn the truth about the maximum financial compensation you can recover?
Contact us online, or call 469.500.5000 to find out the true financial compensation you’re legally entitled to.