How Much Is My Drunk Driving Injury Case Worth?
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Two out of three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident sometime during their lives. Every two minutes, someone is injured as a result of a drunk driving incident, and drunk driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. Drunk driving accidents can have devastating consequences for innocent individuals who, through no fault of their own, are injured or killed by an impaired driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an experienced Tucson car accident attorney.
What to Know About Drunk Driving Cases
In all states, a driver is intoxicated if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is more than .08 percent. For specific kinds of drivers, such as drivers of commercial vehicles or delivery drivers, state laws vary but the legal limit is typically .04 percent. For those under 21 years of age, the legal limit is usually .02 percent.
Drunk drivers can face both civil and criminal charges. In your civil case against the drunk driver, you may seek compensatory damages such as the costs of medical treatment, lost wages, and property damage, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Additional compensation called punitive damages may also be available, which can be awarded solely to punish the bad actions of a grossly negligent party. Seeking the help of an experienced personal injury attorney is the first step in seeking recovery for those damages.
Assessing the Value of a Drunk Driving Injury Claim
Drunk driving accidents can often yield a higher settlement or judgment than a case involving a non-impaired driver. Determining the value of a drunk driving case will require the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
The first step in valuing a case is determining fault, and in a drunk driving case, it is often straightforward that the drunk driver’s negligence caused the crash. If the driver has a history of DWI convictions, that generally may increase the value of the claim. Assessing the value of a drunk driving injury case also may depend on:
- The severity of the DWI charge the at-fault driver receives;
- Their previous driving history;
- Severity and permanence of your injuries;
- Medical expenses incurred;
- Your lost income;
If the drunk driver receives a citation or was arrested for a DWI, you’ll be in a better position when negotiating your claim. Be sure to follow up on the driver’s arrest to confirm if the driver was convicted. However, to help seek the best chance of obtaining the recovery you deserve, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help negotiate your claim.
Our Tucson Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Can Help
At Zinda Law Group, our Tucson injury attorneys are experienced in handling drunk driving accidents and will fight tirelessly to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our Tucson drunk driving accident lawyers. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.