You do not need to retain the services of a personal injury lawyer if you have sustained injuries from a drunk driving accident. It could be your legal right to recover damages when you have been involved in a DUI accident. However, getting these damages on your own can be a challenge.
You will need to prove that the drunk driver is the at-fault party. A personal injury lawyer has the knowledge and experience to do this on your behalf. Hiring them will allow you to recover from your injuries while placing the case in their hands. You likely have a lot of questions. We hope to provide answers.
What If the Police Already Ticketed the Drunk Driver?
After a drunk driving accident, you must call the police to the accident scene. The police will conduct their preliminary investigation first. Often, the police will ticket the drunk driver for causing the accident because it is against the law to drive while under the influence.
The ticket is an important piece in proving liability in civil lawsuits. But, it is merely a police officer’s opinion of the accident. The courts will not rely on it too much in determining fault. Furthermore, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will not hand you a fair settlement just because the police ticketed their client.
Retaining a Lawyer Can Benefit Your Drunk Driving Accident Case
You could protect yourself by retaining the services of a personal injury lawyer who can mount a strong case in your favor.
They Have Negotiating Skills to Prevent the Insurer From Undervaluing Your Case
Insurance companies could resort to high-pressure tactics to persuade claimants to settle for meager amounts. Your lawyer can communicate with the insurance company and hold it accountable for paying you the compensation you need.
They Have an Understanding of the Rule of Law
You are likely unfamiliar with the laws applicable to your case – unless you are a lawyer. Insurance companies make it part of their aim to understand these laws. These companies will look for loopholes to shield their client and themselves from paying the settlement you need.
A personal injury lawyer could protect you from insurance companies’ tactics to blindside you.
They Know What Forms of Evidence Would Support Your Case
To mount a strong case, you need evidence. Gathering and organizing supporting documents/information alone can be overwhelming. This is especially true if you sustain injuries that force you to stay in the hospital.
A lawyer can step in to ease the process. They will document information relating to your recovery, property damage, and other effects resulting from the accident. Just because drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents doesn’t mean victims can’t recover damages.
They Have an Appreciation for Your Well-Being and Want to Protect Your Claim
You need to focus on healing from the injuries after an accident. Doctors will most likely advise you to rest so you recover smoothly and on time. You need to adhere to your doctor’s instructions to win the case.
Insurance companies can claim that you exaggerate your injuries to increase their liability. This trick will only work for the company if you don’t follow your doctor’s instructions. Let a lawyer handle the legal aspects of the accident as you recuperate stress-free.
They Can Collect and Submit Evidence That Supports Your Testimony
You will only win a case by submitting strong evidence that supports your claim. Lawyers have excellent evidence-gathering tactics that substantiate claims and help clients recover damages in personal injury cases.
Lawyers will go the extra mile, such as using subpoenas to collect the evidence that will help you win the case. Some possible evidence lawyers will collect for your case includes:
- A field sobriety test report for all the parties in the accident
- Video surveillance footage of events leading to the accident
- Medical records proving the extent of your injuries
- Witness testimonies about the events leading to the accident
- A formal police report regarding the accident
- The blood alcohol test results for every person involved in the accident
Contact George Sink P.A. Injury Lawyers for a Consultation
While you don’t need a lawyer for your drunk driving case, retaining one can make your life easier. Call our firm as soon as you can. You will be surprised how retaining a lawyer can simplify the claims process for you.
At George Sink P.A. Injury Lawyers, we have lawyers who will help you gather relevant evidence and mount a strong case. If you sustained an injury in a drunk driving accident, reach us at (888) 612-7001. We offer free case consultations.