Personal Injury Law and Getting Hit By a Drunk Driver – What Should I Know After the Accident?

An accident can change your life in the blink of an eye. You may be driving around, minding your own business, when a drunk driver slams into your vehicle out of nowhere. The extent of your injuries may be unknown at this time, but they could be severe. If the other driver is clearly at fault, you may file a lawsuit to recover damages for your injuries and vehicle repairs. First, focus on your health. Then, speak with an attorney.

Personal Injury Law and Getting Hit By a Drunk Driver - What Should I Know After the Accident?
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Civil Suits Against Drunk Drivers

After filing a civil suit against another driver, especially a drunk driver, you are hoping to receive compensation for:

A driver who receives a DUI or DWI on their license has little chance of winning a civil lawsuit against them. Even if they are not convicted, there is typically enough evidence from the wreck itself to prove negligence. You are likely to receive a favorable outcome. Anything else is rare.

However, the amount of money you receive may be more than the drunk driver’s insurance limits. If this happens, you must bring a civil suit against the driver.

Don’t Settle Immediately

Your instincts may tell you to take the money and run. Yes, the other driver’s insurance company will offer you a hefty sum to settle. It’s important to know that this is not always the best option.

Furthermore, if you are offered a settlement, you will also be asked to sign a release of liability. This prevents you from any further injury claims regarding the accident.

If the other driver has been convicted of, or has pleaded guilty to, driving under the influence, you’ll have more leverage when seeking a settlement from the insurance company.

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To speak with an experienced car accident attorney, contact Joe Knows Law by calling (972) 562-9700. Remember, we are here for you!

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