More than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2012 across the U.S. – and that figure doesn’t include the thousands more who sustain serious, often catastrophic injuries, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This equates to one person dying every 51 minutes due to someone deciding to drink and get behind the wheel.
Victims of drunk driving can pursue compensation from the negligent driver who caused the car accident. Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC helps drunk driving victims file a claim or lawsuit so they recover the compensation they need to pay for medical bills, replace lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. Call us at 844-920-2438 if you were a victim of drunk driving and suffered serious injuries.
Understanding Being the Victim of a Drunk Driving Car Accident
Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents Have Rights!
When a victim is killed by a drunk driver, there is a resounding devastation the victim’s family feels for which there are no words. The responsible driver will face criminal charges and may face civil actions – but this does little to ease a family’s heartache.
When victims survive the accident, the injuries can be so severe that their entire quality of life is diminished. Below are some of the injuries victims sustain from serious DUI collisions.
- Skull fractures and brain injuries
- Crushing injuries and fractures
- Facial injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Burns and scarring
As such, victims often will have significant and long-term damages. This might include costs for hospitalization, surgery and medication, as well as long-term care and physical therapy in some cases. Victims also might miss work, losing out on wages and may suffer noneconomic damages.
Fortunately, Washington law allows victims to take legal action so they can recover compensation.
Legal Action for Drunk Driving Victims
Drunk drivers face criminal penalties that include jail time, fines, interlock ignition device installation, and driver’s license suspension and revocation. But even if a drunk driver is not convicted, he or she still may be liable in a civil action filed by the victim of the accident or the victim’s family.
The civil action can allow victims and their families to recover noneconomic damages that might include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of parental guidance, loss of support, and more. An attorney can help victims and/or their families recover compensation to which they are entitled.
This requires proving that the driver was impaired and caused the accident. While a conviction for drunk driving in a criminal case can help establish liability in a civil action, lack of a conviction does not automatically negate a civil case. The standard to prove liability is lower than the standard to prove guilt, so even if a judge or jury found a defendant not guilty or the charges were dismissed, the defendant still may be liable if evidence proves liability in a civil action.
Claimants or plaintiffs may use results from breath, blood or urine tests to prove impairment, as well as eyewitness testimony, police reports, video surveillance and more to establish fault for the accident. Documentation of damages is also required to prove the damages to which the victim or family is entitled.
Our Approach for Victims of a Drunk Driving Car Accident
At Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC, we understand the profound physical, emotional, and financial toll that drunk driving accidents can inflict upon victims and their families. Our approach to representing victims of drunk driving accidents is rooted in compassion, determination, and a commitment to achieving justice for our clients.
Compassion and Empathy: We Recognize Your Pain
We recognize that being a victim of a drunk driving accident is a traumatic experience that can result in severe injuries, emotional distress, and significant life disruptions. Our team approaches each case with a deep sense of compassion and empathy, understanding the challenges you face on your path to recovery.
Legal Expertise: Navigating the Complex Legal Terrain
Drunk driving accidents involve intricate legal processes and require in-depth knowledge of personal injury law, insurance claims, and the complexities of proving liability. Our attorneys have years of experience handling these types of cases and possess a deep understanding of the legal nuances involved.
Thorough Investigation: Uncovering the Truth
We conduct comprehensive investigations into each drunk driving accident case we take on. This involves gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, reviewing police reports, and collaborating with accident reconstruction experts if necessary. Our goal is to establish the clear liability of the drunk driver and build a compelling case on your behalf.
Fighting for Maximum Compensation: You Deserve Justice
Our firm is dedicated to pursuing the maximum compensation possible for our clients. We understand that financial recovery is essential to help you rebuild your life after a drunk driving accident. We seek damages that cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses you may have incurred.
Support and Guidance: Standing by Your Side
Throughout the legal process, we provide unwavering support and guidance. We keep you informed about the progress of your case, answer your questions, and ensure you understand your rights and options. We are not just your legal advocates; we are your partners in seeking justice.
Communication and Transparency: Your Voice Matters
We believe in open and transparent communication. Your input is invaluable, and we involve you in the decision-making process every step of the way. We listen to your concerns and tailor our legal strategies to align with your unique circumstances and goals.
Justice for Victims: Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable
Our ultimate goal is to hold drunk drivers accountable for their reckless actions. We believe in seeking justice not only for our clients but also for the community at large. By pursuing legal action against drunk drivers, we contribute to making the roads safer for everyone.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a drunk driving accident, we invite you to reach out to us today. Let us be your trusted legal advocates in the pursuit of justice and the recovery of the compensation you deserve. Contact us now at 844-920-2438 for a free consultation and take the first step toward reclaiming your rights and well-being.
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How Ron Meyers & Associates Can Help Victims of a Drunk Driving Car Accident
Call Ron Meyers & Associates for Help Filing a Claim against a Drunk Driver
For legal help, you are welcome to contact our office at 844-920-2438. The staff at Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC will answer any questions you may have and help determine your legal options for holding the driver responsible for his or her actions.
Frequently Asked Questions by Victims of a Drunk Driving Car Accident
- Ensure safety: First, make sure everyone is safe. Call 911 for medical assistance if anyone is injured.
- Report the accident: Contact law enforcement to report the accident.
- Gather information: Collect contact and insurance information from the drunk driver and any witnesses.
- Document the scene: Take photos of the accident scene, damage, and injuries if possible.
- Do not discuss fault: Avoid discussing fault with the other driver or their insurance company.
- Seek medical attention: Even if you feel okay, it’s important to see a doctor as some injuries may not be immediately apparent.
Yes, you can pursue a civil lawsuit against a drunk driver even if they face criminal charges. Criminal and civil cases are separate, and a successful criminal case does not guarantee compensation for victims.
Proof of intoxication can be obtained through various means such as police reports, breathalyzer test results, blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests, and eyewitness accounts. An experienced attorney can help gather this evidence.
Victims of drunk driving accidents may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, rehabilitation costs, and other related damages. In some cases, punitive damages may also be pursued to punish the drunk driver.
Yes, you can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a deceased loved one if they were killed in a drunk driving accident. This claim seeks compensation for funeral expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship, and other damages.
The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits varies by state. In Washington State, for instance, you generally have three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. It’s essential to consult with an attorney promptly to ensure compliance with these time limits.
While you can technically represent yourself, it’s highly advisable to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can navigate complex legal processes, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight for your rights, increasing your chances of receiving fair compensation.
If the drunk driver’s insurance coverage is insufficient to cover your damages fully, you may be able to file an underinsured or uninsured motorist claim with your insurance provider if you have this type of coverage.
In cases where the drunk driver has no insurance, uninsured motorist coverage, if you have it, can be used to compensate you for your damages. Your attorney can help you explore your options in this situation.