When you are hit by a drunk driver, you need the right attorney
Being hit by a drunk driver is the worst nightmare of many drivers – and for good reason. These collisions are rarely minor fender benders where damage is confined to bumper scratches and dents. Drunk drivers have no regard for the safety of the other drivers on the road, and their illegal conduct often results in serious accidents often resulting in devastating bodily injuries or even death. These collisions often dramatically alter the lives of those involved. When you or a loved one is dealing with major injuries, doctor appointments, and lost wages, the last thing you want to do is try to deal with the drunk driver’s insurance company. Having a car accident attorney who understands the investigative, negotiation, and litigation process allows you to focus on restoring your life to normal, and reducing the hassle and inconvenience while you recover from your injuries.
Beware early offers of settlement
When an insurance company knows their driver has broken the law and injured others while driving under the influence, it is quick to offer a settlement. However, these early settlement offers are often only worth a fraction of the case’s true value. Some companies will even come to victims’ homes and hand over checks in exchange for the release of liability signatures. These offers may be tempting, but they will only cover a portion of your true financial and emotional suffering. You need a tenacious advocate to fight for what you are entitled to – compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Settling early will almost always benefit the insurance company – not you.
The reality is, nobody can know what your claim is worth until you have recovered from your injuries. If you settle shortly after the injury and then you later need surgery or other medical treatment, you will not be able to go back to the insurance company for more money. Having your own drunk driver accident attorney early in the process can help make sure that your rights are protected, and that you get everything you are entitled to.
Drunk driver accident cases are not always simple
2.1% of Washington drivers reported driving after drinking too much in the past 30 days. The drivers themselves are certainly the cause of the accident, but they may not be the only liable parties. Washington has laws that can impose liability on restaurants, bars, and hotels that persons who then cause accidents. When there is another liable party, your case is especially complex and requires a higher level of investigation and expertise. An experienced attorney can explore all avenues and investigate your claim completely.
Call one of our lawyers today
Here at the Law Offices of Matt Dubin, our Everett personal injury attorneys have the experience and dedication required to get you what you deserve. As an accident victim, you only have one opportunity to obtain a fair recovery, and you need to make it count. We will fight for you, so you and your family can get better and get life back to normal. Call one of our attorneys now for a free, no obligation case evaluation, or simply submit a contact form and someone from our office will get back to you right away.