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Being in an auto accident is a terrible and traumatic event, but it can be even worse if the person who hit you is a drunk driver. Knowing that someone willingly made a choice that endangered you and the passengers in the car is hard to process. Plus, if you are dealing with injuries, hospital visits, or missed work, you really should not go through this alone. After an accident, you need an experienced law firm with a proven reputation and attentive personal service. Get a free consultation with our Duluth drunk driving accident lawyers.
Insurance tricks and tactics are alive and well. Even when it's evident that a person is not at-fault for an accident — especially one caused by a drunk driver — insurance companies may still fight to deny or significantly reduce the worth of an auto injury claim.
If someone is hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driver, there are usually criminal charges brought against them. But in addition to that, the victim may bring a civil case against the drunk driver.
The injured person now has medical bills, doctor visits, property damage, lost time at work, and more. Shouldn't they be fairly compensated for this? Although local authorities will handle the criminal aspect of the case, you will likely need a personal injury attorney (who has experience with DUI cases) to take care of the injury case (civil case).
Giving a recorded statement is one mistake that seems insignificant but can be a fatal blow for an injury case. One BIG reason the insurance company wants a recorded statement is to catch you saying something that will reduce the worth of your claim. Giving a recorded statement is one mistake that has cost families thousands of dollars in compensation. A personal injury attorney will be able to guide you through the insurance process safely and protect your claim from the insurance vultures.
Attorney Allen L Broughton has helped many families who have suffered severe injuries because of a DUI driver and has helped maximize their compensation with his legal knowledge.
It is imperative to follow these steps after a drunk driving accident:
Additionally, you should contact a lawyer right away. Even if you think you have an ironclad case without legal representation, you may be at a disadvantage during negotiations. Hire a lawyer with experience so you don't end up with a settlement that is less than what you deserve.
A variety of serious injuries can result from drunk driving accidents. Many people are affected by their injuries for months, years, or even their whole lives. The following are some of the most common injuries caused by drunk driving:
The settlement of your claim does not have a set amount of time. Each drunk driving case is unique and varies from person to person, so no attorney can answer this question with an exact timeframe.
An average negotiation takes one to three months, depending on the complexity of your claim. Various factors influence the length of time you wait, including:
Negotiating quickly is not in the interest of most insurance companies. However, when your settlement claim is backed up by solid evidence and an equally strong attorney, they are more likely to resolve it out of court. So while the time it takes to settle may vary from case to case, having an attorney by your side can make the process go much faster.
When a drunk driver causes an accident and you are injured, you can usually recover two types of damages. When you file a claim, financial compensation can be obtained for both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are monetary losses suffered. Financial documents such as receipts and bills are usually used to calculate them. So maintaining all records of your expenses after the wreck is essential to your claim.
Non-economic damages do not have a fixed monetary value. Instead, they are assessed based on their severity. Therefore, if your non-economic damages are severe, you may be entitled to more compensation.
The insurance company usually pays based on an agreed-upon amount if negotiations settle out of court. Still, if the case goes to trial, a jury will typically award non-economic damages to the plaintiff. During a settlement, our lawyers work to ensure every damage suffered is accounted for and included in the settlement.
The state of Georgia is a comparative negligence state. Therefore, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your injuries, even if you were speeding, riding on the shoulder, or swerving.
As a general rule, courts use comparative negligence to apportion fault for accidents among all parties involved. For example, the judge may order the other driver to pay for their share of damages if they determine that you were less than 50% responsible for the accident.
Having a skilled attorney on your side is crucial in these situations. Your compensation largely depends on how well you gather and present the evidence.
If you've been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you deserve justice and compensation for your injuries. Call the drunk driving accident lawyers at Broughton Accident & Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at (770) 674-7672.
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