A car accident caused by a drunk driver can have a devastating impact on your life. Nearly 11,000 people died due to accidents involving alcohol-impaired driver in 2017 alone. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as a result of a DUI accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP free consultation today with our experienced Fairfax DUI Accident Lawyer.
When you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, these are the types of compensation you can potentially recover:
This includes any medical expenses directly resulting from your accident injuries, such as emergency treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, necessary medical equipment, and more.
Any past, present, and future lost wages, as well as compensation for diminished earning capacity, can be recovered.
Any damage to your vehicle and to your personal property that was inside the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Physical pain, psychological stress due to the accident, and damage to your quality of life.
These damages are intended to punish the defendant and to send a message to others. Virginia Code § 8.01-44.5 details when punitive damages may be recovered in a DUI accident case. It states, that if the drunk driver’s blood alcohol content was higher than 0.15 percent by weight by volume or 0.15 grams or more per 210 liters of breath, then the driver either knew or should have been aware that their ability to operate a vehicle was impaired.
When it comes to a DUI accident claim, the impaired driver being arrested or even convicted for driving under the influence may not be enough to prove liability. Virginia is one of the few states that practices under the rule of contributory negligence. The rule of contributory negligence states that you are unable to receive compensation if you are found to be even partially at fault in a DUI accident. A lawyer with experience in DUI cases will be able to evaluate your case and advise you on the best course of action.
DUI accident cases may settle outside of court, but having representation will protect you from an insurance company’s attempts to lowball your settlement or get out of paying you altogether. Your DUI accident lawyer will obtain police reports, physical evidence, witness testimony, hire investigators, and accident reconstruction experts so they may determine fault. This will allow your lawyer to negotiate a full and fair settlement.
The law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP has extensive experience handling DUI accident cases. We can protect your rights during this difficult time so that you may focus on healing. Call today for a free consultation.