What Should I Do If I’m Injured by a Drunk Driver?
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Being the victim of a drunk driving accident can overwhelming. If you are seriously injured, you worry about how to pay exorbitant medical bills and how to repair or replace your car, all of which is compounded by the fact that you may be financially strapped because you're forced to miss work while you heal. Additionally, victims often experience anger knowing that the accident would not have happened if this person had not been on the road.
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 a skilled Tucson drunk driving accident attorney.
How Do I Recover Compensation?
If you are injured in an accident with a drunk driver, insurance should cover a portion or all of the damages you suffered. However, it is important to take your time before rushing into any settlement offered by an insurance company.
Be sure you know the extent of your injuries and your financial losses before you commit. Once your condition has stabilized and you realize the costs associated with your recovery and how much time you will be off work, you will be in a better position to evaluate settlement offers.
What If the Drunk Driver Is Uninsured?
Unfortunately, there are times when the drunk driver at fault is either uninsured or does not carry enough insurance to cover your expenses. If you find yourself in a situation such as this, you may be able to bring a claim against your own insurance company.
Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverages can make up the difference in these situations. However, this is coverage you had to have on your policy prior to the accident.
Will I Need to File a Lawsuit?
When insurance fails to fully cover your expenses, you may be able to purse compensation through a lawsuit. Often, courts find victims of drunk driving accidents are entitled to compensation for pain and suffering and loss of mobility, in addition to other financial losses. In some states, if a drunk driver’s blood alcohol content exceeds a certain threshold, a victim can pursue punitive damages as well.
However, lawsuits are costly and time-consuming, and should be seen as a last resort. In the event that you may have to go to trial, it is important to get a copy of the police report and keep records of such things as medical bills, lost earnings, and property damage.
State laws govern the amount of coverage drivers must carry and whether or not you can bring a lawsuit regarding a car accident. Being informed of the local laws is a powerful weapon when it comes to navigating the aftermath of an accident. Whether you proceed with a lawsuit or accept a settlement from the driver’s insurance company, an experienced personal injury lawyer can advise you to ensure you get the full compensation to which you are entitled.
Our Tucson Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Can Help
At Zinda Law Group, our Tucson car accident attorneys have helped countless drunk driving victims seek compensation for medical bills, property damage, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more. We are dedicated to protecting your legal rights, and we have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to help make you whole again, both physically and financially.
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.