“Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes.” – CDC
These accidents are avoidable, and the impaired driver will be deemed at fault in most cases. If you have been in a vehicular accident involving impaired drivers, you must take immediate action and get the help of an experienced lawyer to make sure you get the settlement you deserve.
Who is Liable
In most cases, the impaired driver will be liable for damages caused, but other parties may be held liable as well. If the driver is under the legal drinking age, the establishment or person that provided alcohol may also be responsible for the damages caused. If a person was leaving a bar that willingly supplied alcohol to a person in excess, they may also be liable in some circumstances.
Since the driver was impaired, they will have broken the law. This is a major factor in any accident and will work in your favor when filing a lawsuit and determining a settlement number.
Victims of impaired driver accidents should not take a settlement offer from insurance companies without first speaking to a lawyer.
Following Correct Procedures
Upon impact, you should immediately call the local authorities to report the accident. This is just the first of many steps you should take including:
- Seeking immediate medical treatment for anyone injured in the wreck
- Obtaining the driver’s insurance information, address and phone number
- Obtaining the information of all witnesses who saw the event
- Taking pictures of any property damage and/or poor road conditions, if possible
- Documenting in detail your pains and struggles following the accident
Oftentimes, insurance companies will offer a settlement to victims of impaired drivers hoping that the injured party accepts and does not fight for the full compensation they deserve.
Setting up an immediate consultation with us to evaluate your case and review the totality of factors leading up to the accident is highly recommended. Initial consultations for these accidents are always free!
There are various factors that will determine the compensation to which you’re entitled. These factors include:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Future medical expenses
- Loss of work
- Future loss of work
- Disfigurement and impairment
- Mental anguish
The severity of the injuries sustained and any lasting effects will also be taken into consideration. The worst thing that a person involved in a vehicular accident with impaired drivers can do is take an insurance company’s settlement offer without consulting an attorney who has experience with these types of accidents.
Call BGS today to schedule your free initial consultation and make sure your legal rights are protected and you get the compensation you justly deserve!