The driver who hit you was drunk. The blood alcohol tests confirmed it. Your case may seem like an easy one to win. After all, it is against the law to drive drunk, and the dangers of drunk driving are well known. For these reasons, you may think that you can represent yourself in a drunk driving injury case, but you could end up losing your case or getting less than you deserve without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Five Reasons Drunk Driving Injury Cases Get Complicated
You may have a challenging time getting the recovery you deserve after a drunk driving crash because:
- Evidence may be disputed. Breathalyzers and other blood alcohol content tests are not foolproof. A drunk driver who wants to avoid criminal sentencing and personal injury damages may dispute the evidence. Accordingly, you need to prepare for that argument and provide the insurance company or court with persuasive evidence that the other driver’s intoxication more likely than not caused your crash.
- The drunk driver’s insurance company wants you to settle for less than your case is worth. The insurance company doesn’t want to pay your accident damages. Instead, it wants to maximize its profits. Accordingly, the insurance company is going to try to get you to settle your claim for as little as possible. Alternatively, the insurance company may deny coverage if it finds the insured acted intentionally by driving intoxicated.
- There may be multiple sources for your recovery. The drunk driver may be legally responsible for paying your damages. However, in some situations, there may also be other potential defendants. Depending on the state you are in and the specific circumstances of your crash, the bar, restaurant, establishment, or social host that served the driver may also be liable for your accident injuries.
- The drunk driver may be uninsured. Some drunk drivers do not have insurance or the financial means to pay your damages. In these cases, you may need to make an uninsured motorist claim against your own insurer. Your insurance company, like other insurance companies, may try to pay you as little as possible for your injuries.
- You may not know when to settle. If you settle too soon or before the full extent of your injuries is known, then you may settle for less than your case is worth.
These factors may make your drunk driving injury case more complex, but they won’t necessarily prevent your fair recovery.
Let Our Experienced Accident Lawyers Protect Your Recovery
Right now, you are paying the price for another driver’s decision to drive drunk. You may be experiencing physical pain, suffering emotionally, and worrying about your future. You shouldn’t also have to worry about how to handle settlement negotiations or litigation.
Instead, our experienced personal injury lawyers are here to help you. We have more than 50 years of experience. During this time, we’ve helped more than 70,000 clients recover more than $1 billion in damages. Insurance companies know that we mean business and will fight in court to get our clients the fair recoveries they deserve.
If a drunk driver caused your accident and physical injuries, we will not settle until you’ve recovered for your past and future:
- Healthcare costs including ambulance rides, hospitalizations, surgeries, doctors’ appointments, medications, rehabilitation therapies, and other medical needs
- Lost income if you can’t work at all, can’t work the same job that you did before the crash, or can’t work the same number of hours you did before the crash
- Pain and suffering for all of your physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Other accident expenses for property damages and other accident losses
We don’t want you to take a financial risk to get the recovery you deserve after a drunk driving crash. Therefore, we are pleased to offer you our Win or It’s Free Guarantee.
Please contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation in one of our conveniently located Wisconsin, Illinois, or Iowa offices, by video conference, or in your home or hospital room.