A Skilled DUI Accident Lawyer Can Pursue Damages to Compensate You for Injuries and Property Damage
Accidents involving driving under the influence (DUI) are often tragic and can cause major disruptions to the lives of victims. If you have been involved in an accident, it is important that you seek strong legal assistance to build a compelling case and bring it against the responsible parties. These accidents can result in serious life-threatening injuries, lifelong disabilities, and even loss of life. The person who was driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol should pay for the harm they have caused you and your family. If you or a loved one was injured and you need an expert DUI accident lawyer, contact my law firm in Terrytown, LA, today so we can discuss your case in detail.
What to Do Following a DUI Accident
The steps you take following a DUI accident will depend primarily on the severity of your injuries. However, it is highly recommended that you receive medical attention, even if you believe you are unharmed. More severe injuries, such as a brain or spinal cord injury, can take days or even weeks to develop so it is important to receive medical attention in case any symptoms present themselves at a later time.
As a victim of a DUI accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries, property damage, and other effects.
If you are able, you should carefully observe the other driver and any passengers in his or her vehicle. If drinking or any illegal activity was happening at the time of the accident, they may attempt to dispose of evidence, such as full or empty beer cans or liquor bottles. If you are able to approach the driver, note if you smell any alcohol, or other illegal substances such as marijuana. The driver may attempt to use chewing gum, mints, or a breath spray to mask the smell of alcohol. It is also important to make note of the person driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. The driver may attempt to switch seats with a less intoxicated passenger before the police arrive.
When the police arrive, provide them with information on everything you observed. Police may then choose to administer a field sobriety test, breathalyzer test, or even a drug test based on your observations. Information regarding the driver’s intoxication will be entered into the police report, and this is the primary proof needed in a DUI accident.
Make sure you contact me as soon as possible following a DUI accident. I can help ensure evidence of the accident is properly documented for your claim.
Working with The Law Office of Alan Kansas, LLC
When you choose to work with me, you can feel confident that I will build a strong and compelling case against the drunk or otherwise intoxicated driver. In addition to documenting the scene of the accident and ensuring evidence is preserved, I will work closely with you, listening to your account of the events and recommending the legal actions you can take.
I can secure copies of the police reports, which will contain information regarding the driver’s intoxication. The driver’s blood alcohol level (BAC), or if the driver was under the influence of some other substance, will all factor into our case. Additionally, the severity of your injuries and the amount of property damage you have suffered will also play a role in determining the damages we will pursue.
Damages for DUI Accident Victims
As a victim of a DUI accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries and property damage. Some injuries can have a lifelong impact, resulting in recurring medical treatments and substantial bills. Additionally, severe injuries can also prevent you from returning to work, adding to your financial burden. I will pursue compensation for:
- Any and all medical expenses that result from treatment for your injuries, ranging from surgeries to medications to therapy.
- Your diminished earning capacity if you are unable to return to work because of your injuries.
- Your physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
- Loss of companionship for your loved ones (if applicable).
- Any property damage you suffered, both to your vehicle and to any personal property you may have had in the car such as a laptop.
In most DUI accident cases, I will also pursue punitive damages against the negligent driver. Punitive damages are an additional punishment against the driver to help deter him or her from committing the same actions again. The amount that can be awarded in punitive damages is dependent on the driver’s financial situation. In some cases, pursuing punitive damages may not be practical so I will discuss the probability of this action with you at length.
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