Over 50 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in Washington, D.C. involved alcohol impaired drivers in 2017. Surviving an accident after hit by a drunk driver can cause catastrophic damage, not only to property, but physically and emotionally as well. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries after being hit by a drunk driver, contact the law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP. Our highly experienced drunk driving accident legal team will evaluate your case for free. Contact our office today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your options.
Regardless of the severity of the accident, notifying the police will guarantee that the accident is documented. This can be crucial when filing an insurance claim or lawsuit against the drunk driver.
If you are physically able to, collect as much information from the accident scene as possible. This includes the at-fault driver’s contact and insurance information, any on scene witness information, and take photos of the accident and injuries. You can obtain contact information for the at-fault driver from the police if you feel uncomfortable or are unable to speak with them.
No matter how minor, seeking immediate medical attention after being hit by a drunk driver will be critical to your claim. Injuries may not be immediately apparent, but having documentation is necessary to recovering payment in an insurance claim.
Before speaking to the drunk driver’s insurance company, speak to a drunk driving accident lawyer who can evaluate your case and advise you on your legal rights for obtaining compensation.
These drunk driving accident statistics were originally reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s publication, “Traffic Safety Facts for 2017”:
Most often, when hit by a drunk driver, the impaired driver will personally be or their insurance company will be responsible for any damages caused. Damages you are able to be compensated for include medical bills and injury-related expenses, property damage, lost wages, lost future income, pain and suffering, and more.
There may also be a third party liable, such as the establishment that served the impaired driver alcohol, under dram shop laws. This could especially be the case in DUI accidents involving fatalities.
Insurance companies cannot be trusted to offer you a fair settlement for your injuries and suffering. They are “for profit” businesses, looking to deny or minimize the amount of money they pay out on behalf of their drivers. By hiring legal representation, you will be protected from accepting an offer that is lower than what you are entitled to and the insurer will know that you are serious about being fully compensated. An attorney will skillfully negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive a full and fair settlement. If unsuccessful in reaching an agreement by way of negotiation, an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer will not hesitate to represent you in court to pursue what you are rightfully owed.
Our drunk driving accident attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP are ready to help you obtain financial compensation and recover from your losses. Call to schedule a free consultation today.