Ensure a Repeat Offender Is Held Accountable by Retaining the Right Lawyer
A few repeat car accident drivers are often at the center of collision lawsuits. These drivers are apt to push the limits of their driving—and the law—when behind the wheel. If this has happened to you or someone you love, a car accident attorney can help you fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.
The definition of an accident is “a sudden event that is not planned or intended.” However, it’s difficult to comprehend how a car accident can be so named when it was caused by a repeat offender. Now, anyone can have a lapse of judgment that can lead to a negligent car accident. That being said, a conscientious person would learn from his mistakes and avoid that same type of negligence in the future. Sadly, this isn’t the case for some (mostly DWI) repeat car accident offenders.
The Texas Department of Public Safety outlines rules to protect the public when on the road. A driver with a car accident history that involves multiple collisions obviously does not follow these rules and, therefore, needs to face appropriate consequences for his actions before he inflicts another tragedy. Unfortunately, many repeat offenders are not held accountable for their records. Authorities allow them to continue driving negligently over and over again, expecting different results.
Consequently, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, repeat offenders—specifically DWI accident offenders—are four times as likely to seriously injure and kill victims as a result of negligent driving.
Negligent drivers with a history of car accidents need to be held accountable, reprimanded, and taken off the road; their victims, on the other hand, deserve justice, assurance, and compensation. Attorneys know that the law requires such drivers should have their driver licenses revoked, but they also know what can be done to help accident victims receive their just compensation from such a driver.
When pursuing a claim against a repeat offender, you will need to rely on case evidence, past records, and testimony to prove negligence. With an experienced car accident attorney on your side, you can rest assured that the driver’s car accident history will be investigated. Attempting to get this evidence on your own will only yield frustration and waste time, as securing documents like these takes diligence.
How to Secure the Right Lawyer
Before you hire an attorney to represent your car accident claim, it’s important to take advantage of the free consultation that most attorneys offer as a chance to interview them to assure you have the right representation for your needs.
The consultation is your opportunity to make sure the lawyer is a good fit for you and doesn’t raise any red flags, such as “guaranteeing” a certain recovery amount, pressing recommendations that you’re not comfortable with, or avoiding explaining the payment system. The consultation is also a good opportunity to ask questions about your case and about the claim process.
To make the most out of your consultation, prepare a list of questions in advance so that you can ensure everything you need to ask is answered. A few good questions to start with are:
- How does he charge? Even if a lawyer is charging on a contingency basis, you may also be held financially liable for certain court fees and other expenses incurred by the lawyer or law firm in the course of investigating your case in order to bring a lawsuit.
- How long has he been in practice? This goes beyond just how long the attorney has been practicing law. Because of the complex and specific nature of an injury claim, it’s imperative that you seek out an attorney who primarily handles cases that are similar to yours.
- What obstacles does he foresee in your case? What advantages? An attorney should be able to give you his or her honest assessment of your case, including potential problems. If a lawyer cannot be honest and forthcoming with you about your case’s disadvantages at the outset, you have cause to be suspicious about how things will turn out later.
When you have been injured in a Texas car accident or someone you know has died as a result of a driver who should not have been on the road, call 713-921-4171 and allow our dedicated attorneys to answer all your questions and secure your future.