Drunk drivers are a menace. It is illegal in every state in the country for a non commercial adult driver to have a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08%, but some drivers are dangerous drivers with far less alcohol in their blood than that.
If you are hit by a drunk driver and the driver is caught and tested for alcohol, you stand a good chance of filing a successful claim against them to compensate for the inevitable bills you will have to pay. It is always a good idea to hire a personal injury lawyer when contemplating filing a claim as your chances of obtaining sufficient compensation are higher with professional legal help.
Medical Bills After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver
Drunk drivers can cause serious injuries as they cannot respond as quickly when an accident situation arises. Even if your injuries are very minor, you should still see a doctor and get an examination. You could have more serious injuries as they may take time to surface. Medical bills tend to be inevitable after a drunk driver accident. Typical bills are for the following;
- relocation to a nearby hospital if your injuries are serious or life threatening;
- doctor’s fees;
- other tests e.g. CAT and MRI scans;
- hospital accommodation and food;
- equipment such as neck braces, crutches or wheel chairs.
Property Damage Bills After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver
If you were hit by a drunk driver or you had to swerve to avoid a drunk driver, your car probably had some sort of damage. Even minor body work repairs can cost thousands of dollars. You would be lucky to get away with replacing lights or repairing a bumper or a windshield. If you were unlucky, your car may be destined for a wrecking yard or a junk yard.
How a PI Claim Can Help Pay Bills After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver
A drunk driver may face a DUI charge if intoxication caused an injury or damage to a vehicle. However, this doesn’t directly affect you except for providing proof that your injuries were not your fault. A DUI conviction may help your chances of successfully obtaining compensation through a PI claim.
Even if the driver isn’t charged because there is no proof that they were drunk enough, you may still be able to file a claim against the driver if there is sufficient proof that the driver’s actions caused your injuries and damage to your car. A successful claim can pay your medical and repair bills, replace lost wages and compensate for pain and suffering. If the driver is charged, it may also be a justification to seek punitive damages.
Why Working With a Lawyer Makes Sense
If injured by any driver whose negligent actions have caused you distress, and damaged your car, you are strongly advised to see a PI lawyer. Most lawyers will provide a free initial assessment of your accident. Most will also defer fees until a settlement if they think that your chances of success are good.