The numbers don’t lie. In Texas alone, 3,015 drunk driving accident fatalities occurred in 2011 as the result of 2,571 DWI crashes. Because of this terrible statistic, the state has some of the harshest DWI penalties in the nation. If you or someone you love has been affected by one of these accidents, the Frisco attorneys with The Durham Law Firm will fight for your rights and work to help you achieve a favorable result in your case.
The Penalties for Driving Drunk
Here is a quick look at some of the penalties for getting a DWI in Texas.
- The minimum DWI penalty in Texas is 72 hours in jail and a fine of up to $500.
- If a person is caught driving while drunk and has an open container in the vehicle, he or she faces at least six days in jail.
- A minor convicted of DWI will have to pay a fine of $500, perform community service, and take a course on alcohol awareness.
- An adult convicted of DWI with a minor in the vehicle could be sentenced to between 180 days and two years in prison and be required to pay a fine of up to $10,000. His or her driver’s license will also be revoked.
It’s Not Worth the Risk
We’re obviously in the time of year where there are a lot of holiday get-togethers, with ample opportunities to consume alcohol. However, the penalties associated with DWI are too severe to take a chance at being arrested for driving while impaired. The consequences of causing a drunk driving accident, of course, could potentially be life shattering. There’s simply no reason to risk it – if you’re going to drink, have a designated driver or call a cab to get home. The responsible decision you make today could save a life tonight – and that’s not an over-statement.
If you are a victim of a drunk driving accident, don’t hesitate to contact The Durham Law Firm as soon as you can by calling 214-222-4000. If you have been affected by drunk driving and would like to share your story, please use one of the social media icons below.
If you ever suffer a personal injury due to the negligence of another party, one of the most important things you’ll need to realize is that you’ll have to get the help of an experienced attorney. One of the main reasons is that you’ll be dealing with a seasoned insurance adjuster. In order to have the best possible chance of succeeding in your case, you’ll need someone working on your behalf to deal with the adjuster assigned to your case. At The Durham Law Firm, we’d like to share some information on how they typically work.
The Insurance Adjuster’s Purpose
The role of the insurance adjuster (also commonly known as a “claims specialist” or “claims representative” is to save his or her employer – the defendant’s insurance company – as much money as possible. Adjusters are judged on how little of the insurance company’s money they spend in a settlement, as well as by how quickly they reach a settlement. More than likely, the one you’ll be dealing with in your personal injury case will have a great deal of experience, and will know how to get plaintiffs to settle for far less than they may be entitled. As a result, it is extremely important that you are as well educated as possible regarding how much your claim is worth.
Call an Attorney as Soon as You Can
There have been many instances where adjusters will harass personal injury victims relentlessly – especially when they know a plaintiff does not have a legal representative. Many times, this harassment gets so bad that a plaintiff will agree to a settlement offer just to get that adjuster off of his or her back. Don’t let this happen to you – call a Coppell attorney with The Durham Law Firm. When you contact us and consult with one of our lawyers, we will know exactly how much your claim is worth. We’ll deal with the adjuster so you don’t have to. Have you ever been hassled by an adjuster? If so, share your story with us by clicking on one of the social media buttons below.
Just like you wouldn’t operate on yourself if you tear a knee ligament, you should never try to represent yourself in a legal matter. This is especially true if you have been hurt in an accident due to some other party’s negligence. You simply must hire a personal injury attorney to have the best chance possible of achieving a favorable outcome in your case. The Durham Law Firm would like to share some information regarding why it is so critical that you obtain skilled legal representation.
Experience Can Make the Difference
In many instances, a personal injury attorney can make the difference regarding whether or not an accident victim is able to obtain compensation for his or her injuries. As callous as it may sound, you will need to be able to “put a price tag” on the injuries you have suffered. The worse you are hurt, the higher your medical expenses will be. A lawyer has the experience needed to know exactly how much compensation to seek from a defendant; not just your medical expenses, but also the value of the time you have had to miss from work and several other factors.
Dealing with Insurance Adjusters
A seasoned personal injury attorney will also be able to handle the insurance adjuster that is assigned to your case. Adjusters can be very intimidating in their efforts to get accident victims to settle for far less than their cases are worth. They can be threatening and downright harassing as well. Your lawyer, however, can act as a buffer to the adjuster and shield you from any efforts at intimidation.
Don’t jeopardize your case by trying to represent yourself. Call a Denton attorney with The Durham Law Firm to learn how we may be able to help. Contact us as soon as you can to schedule an appointment. Do you know any non-lawyers who have ever tried to represent themselves? If so, share your story by using one of the social media icons on this page.
It can be quite intimidating for some people to have a consultation with a car accident attorney. After all, it’s only natural that you’d already be upset considering the trauma you’ve just experienced. However, when you speak with someone at The Durham Law Firm, you don’t have to be nervous or afraid in the least. Here’s some information that will help ensure you’ll be as well prepared as possible before you come into our office to talk.
Bring a Lot of Notes
A consultation with a car accident attorney is not only a chance for you to get to know your lawyer, but also to chart a course of action. The following are some tips that can help you get the most out of your meeting.
- Jot down every detail you can think of regarding your accident, including doctor’s appointments, phone conversations, and any dealings you’ve had with insurance adjusters. If you have received any e-mails regarding the accident, print them out and bring them with you as well.
- If you have been hurt, keep detailed records of the treatment that you have received, any medications you have been prescribed, and any information you have regarding the doctor’s diagnosis of your injury.
- Don’t hold back any information you think will help your case. Be honest as possible so that your lawyer can help you as much as possible. The more forthcoming you are, the better your attorney will be able to serve you.
You or someone close to you has just been through a terrible trauma, and now the time has come to speak with a car accident attorney about what has happened. Think of this as the first step toward achieving your goal of realizing the best possible outcome in your case. Contact The Durham Law Firm at 214-222-4000 so that we can tell you how we may be of assistance. If you would like to share any information with others regarding a consultation you may have had in the past, please feel free to use one of the social media icons below.
If you are the unfortunate victim of a drunk driving accident, it is especially important to retain proper legal representation to help you sort out all the issues that come with being involved in an accident of this nature. You also need to make sure you choose a Denton personal injury firm that is experienced in this area of the law. At the Todd R. Durham Law Firm, we have a great deal of expertise in these kinds of cases.
Methods of Compensation
Victims of a drunk driving accident have a number of ways to collect compensation for the damages associated with the accident, including:
- Medical expenses
- Damage to property
- Loss of property
- Personal injury
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
In order to be able to collect compensation stemming from the accident, it is important for you to maintain the proper documentation associated with any costs you incur, or any losses that accumulate as a direct or indirect result of the accident. Doing so will greatly increase the likelihood of receiving a favorable judgment.
It is always a regrettable situation when someone has to deal with the issues surrounding a drunk driving accident, but when you have the proper representation on your side, dealing with the situation becomes significantly easier. For more information on this subject, or if you have been a victim of an accident, contact the Todd R. Durham Law Firm at 214-222-4000.
Many motorcycle riders in Lewisville and beyond are typically aware of the increased risks they potentially face while riding on the open road, but did you know that they are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly motorcycle accident than those who drive passenger cars? That statistic comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it does a good job of illustrating just how risky riding a motorcycle really can be.
Whether caused by rider error, driver error, or some combination of the two, the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be challenging to cope with. If you have been involved in an accident recently, you owe it to yourself to call Todd Durham—the best Lewisville injury attorney.
Let Todd Help You Get Back on the Road
Mounting hospital bills, missed work, and dealing with insurance companies—all while trying to physically and mentally recover from a devastating motorcycle accident—can be overwhelming for many people to take on all by themselves. In addition, you need to ensure you are protecting yourself legally from any potential lawsuits that might arise from this accident, even if the other driver seemed okay at the time.
Whether or not the collision was your fault, you need a trustworthy, competent attorney who specializes in motorcycle accidents in your corner. With more than 14 years of experience, the Todd Durham Law Firm can help—we will fight to ensure you are awarded maximum possible compensation, and we don’t collect unless you do!
Please contact us today at 214-222-4000 to have a no-obligation case consultation.
Although law enforcement officers are given the ability to use tasers to subdue people who may be getting out of hand, many law enforcement agencies have chosen to ban the use of tasers altogether. Five police departments in North Texas, including Richland Hills, Murphy, Crowley, Mansfield, and Burleson, no longer list Taser guns as equipment used by officers. While no charges or lawsuits have been brought to any of these cities, it is thought that the ban will prevent any lawsuits from occurring in the future. Todd Durham Law Firm will help those that have lawsuits due to wrongful death.
Tasers and Wrongful Death
From 2001 to 2012, it was reported by Amnesty International that more than 500 U.S. citizens passed away after being subdued by a taser while in jail or during an arrest process. With so many lawsuits filed, police departments have urged officers to only use tasers in the case of a severe emergency.
Amnesty International classifies California as being the highest when it comes to taser-induced deaths at 92. Florida was next on the chart with 65 deaths, and Texas came in third with 37 deaths.
Officers have been trained to never aim for an individual’s chest; however, many of the deceased victims of taser guns were shocked in inappropriate places. They were also unarmed and shocked multiple times.
Wrongful death encompasses many different things when it comes to filing a claim. For more information about these types of claims, call Todd Durham Law Firm at 214-222-4000 today. Our Denton injury lawyer will help you seek the justice you deserve.
Source: MintPress News, “Five Texas Police Departments Ban Tasers, “Katie Rucke, September 26, 2013
Riding a motorcycle can be a truly freeing experience. The allure of the open road is appealing to many, yet it can also lead to tragedy when other drivers are involved. Every day crashes claim the lives of motorcycle enthusiasts, and in lesser cases cause grave injury and exorbitant medical bills. In the event of a tragic motorcycle accident, Lewisville personal injury lawyer Todd Durham can recover losses and help victims repair the damage caused by negligent drivers.
There are often extenuating circumstances at play in these cases. Many drivers are simply not aware of motorcyclists sharing the road with them, resulting in crashes that are far more harmful to the driver of the motorcycle than those in passenger vehicles. Other factors include road conditions and malfunctioning of the motorcycle itself, which can then contribute to an accident. Not only can injury occur, but time off from work, as well as increasing medical bills, can result in devastating financial disarray.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Todd Durham and his dedicated staff of attorneys will not rest until the guilty parties are brought to justice and damages are awarded. Our law firm has proven track record when dealing with cases of this nature, and have helped reclaim losses for a number of cyclists hurt in accidents due to no fault of their own.
If you or a loved has been injured in an accident, do not hesitate to call Todd Durham at (214) 222-4000. The sooner you call, the quicker you will be able recover losses and get back on the road, where you truly belong.
Every day, thousands of Americans are involved in car accidents. Whether a serious hit and run accident or a simple rear end accident, the aftermath of any vehicle collision can be devastating. We at the Todd R. Durham Law Firm are your personal injury attorneys and will work hard to rectify the situation by litigating for you and your rights. There are some important things to remember after a car accident to ensure a strong case and a successful legal outcome.
Document All Evidence
Documenting all the aspects of the car accident is often pivotal to the success of your case. Taking pictures of the scene of the accident including any skid marks, car damages, and car or other debris will be helpful in the litigation process. Writing down the circumstances of the accident including your vehicle speed, weather conditions, traffic conditions and any witness statements will also likely serve your case.
Seek Medical Evaluation
It is very important for your health, as well as for your legal case, to seek out a medical evaluation after an auto accident. Often a car accident does bodily harm that can have long-lasting effects (chronic back pain, headaches, etc). Having medical documentation of car accident injuries that occur in Lewisville, Denton, Coppell, Frisco and surrounding areas will be very important to your case and help to ensure fair compensation.
While the effects of a car accident are stressful, documenting all accident evidence and getting medical attention are things you can do to strengthen your legal case. We, at Todd R. Durham Law Firm, can help you achieve a fair and just legal outcome. Call us at 214-222-4000 to schedule a consultation.
A hit and run accident in Denton has the potential to cause more than just property damage or even bodily harm. The impact of such an accident often leaves behind grieving family members and close friends who will spend years looking for answers. An article came across a desk here at Todd Durham that showed us that the plight of hit and run victims was being taken seriously. Though the article focuses on efforts taking place in Los Angeles, this is a good example of accident statistics being used to shift local policies.
Big Changes in Los Angeles
In an effort to curb the rising number of hit and run accidents in Los Angeles, the City Council voted to pass AB 184, a measure that would extend the existing statute of limitations for any hit and run accident that resulted in a serious injury or fatality. The City Council also voted in support of a measure that would calculate the penalty for a hit and run driver in the same manner as a drunk driving offense. This is noteworthy because, until now, drunk driving has carried stiffer penalties than hit and run. Law enforcement officers will be changing the way they track these accidents, too.
Taking Hit and Runs Seriously
Enforcing stiffer penalties will help people understand that hit and run accidents are a serious crime. Even when relatively minor property damage is the only result, it can still leave the victim feeling shaken and afraid. The Todd Durham Firm takes hit and runs seriously and we want to help accident victims find justice. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you can reach us at 214-222-4000.
Source: Southern California Public Radio, “LA City Council Supports Tougher Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers” Alice Walton, September 17, 2013