Drunk driving accidents can be among the most devastating events in a person’s life. While the intoxicated driver may have to deal with the criminal consequences of his or her decisions, victims also suffer tragic consequences if they are seriously injured in the crash.
In these difficult situations, it can be crucial for victims and their families to understand that they have the right to hold the driver accountable for damages. Discussing your options with an attorney sooner, rather than later, can help you avoid some costly mistakes.
To begin with, evidence from a drunk driving crash must be collected and examined as quickly as possible to avoid the risk of losing it. This includes, but is not limited to, breath and blood tests, witness statements, property damage, surveillance recordings as well as police reports.
Discussing your case with your attorney right away can also help you avoid settling with insurance companies or other parties too quickly. Accepting a settlement offer without legal consultation can mean receiving far less than you deserve.
Of course people have a lot to cope with and address after a serious crash, and seeking medical help should be the top priority. However, it is also crucial to seek legal help as well. These accidents can have considerable economic and non-economic consequences for the victims and their families; failing to pursue civil damages in a timely manner could compromise the availability of compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving crash, we encourage you to not wait too long to explore your legal options. The attorneys at our firm are available to discuss these with you. For more information on how we may be able to help, please visit our website.