What Happens if I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver?
Drunk driving accidents are more common than many people realize. Approximately 29 people die as a result of alcohol-related car accidents every day in the United States alone. The numbers are staggering considering this is the type of accident that’s easily avoided. Unfortunately, not everyone asks for help getting home when they’ve been drinking. That’s a choice that puts everyone on the road in danger. If you’ve been hit by a drunk driver, you have options. Let our experienced attorney Brett Cain help you figure out which steps to take.
Drunk Drivers are Negligent
A drunk driver is a negligent driver. All drivers take an oath to provide a specific duty of care when they are given a license. This duty of care includes refraining from driving when a person is impaired by alcohol. When a person decides to drive drunk, they make the decision to violate said duty of care by putting everyone else on the road in danger because of their decisions.
The driver who hit you was negligent because of that violation. They knowingly put your life at risk when they got behind the wheel of that car, and then they caused an accident in which you were injured. Negligence is the key component in any personal injury case, and Brett Cain can help you prove this key factor in your case.
You’re Entitled to Damages
If you’re hit by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to damages. The negligence of the other driver may have caused you to sustain injuries you would not have had they not driven under the influence. The damages to which you are entitled might include any of the following.
– Pain and suffering
– Medical bills
– Lost wages
– Diminished earning capacity
– Loss of consortium
– Funeral expenses
There are several other damages to which you might be entitled depending on the circumstances of your accident. If you were not alone and your loved one died, you could sue for funeral expenses and lost wages if that person was a primary financial provider in the family.
Ask An Attorney For Help
The personal injury field is one that’s complex and often confusing to those who aren’t familiar with it. If you were hit by a drunk driver, you can discuss your case with attorney Brett Cain to determine whether you are entitled to damages. Not all damages apply to every drunk driving case. Furthermore, you may still be entitled to damages even if you have no physical injuries. It’s possible to suffer from emotional injuries in a car accident, and you may be entitled to damages to help you with the cost of those issues.
Your attorney’s job is to help you figure out whether you have a case and how much you might be entitled to. You won’t know if you don’t call. Your consultation is free, and your attorney will give you an idea of what you can expect if you decide to go through with a personal injury lawsuit. Don’t let a drunk driver make you a financial statistic in addition to a driving statistic.