Being involved in a car accident is traumatic, especially when the accident is caused by a drunk driver. Victims of such accidents often face not only physical injuries but also emotional and financial hardships. Understanding the process of building and winning a personal injury claim against a drunk driver is crucial for securing the compensation you deserve.
Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn is committed to guiding victims through this complex legal journey. Here are the three main steps involved in building a strong personal injury claim. Contact us now at (310) 209-1600 to request a free legal consultation.
Investigating the Incident
The foundation of a successful personal injury claim is a thorough investigation. Even if the driver responsible for the accident was arrested or cited for DUI at the scene, and later found guilty, compensation is not automatically granted. A detailed examination of the accident is crucial.
This includes collecting the police report, gathering testimony from eyewitnesses, securing video footage of the accident, analyzing forensic evidence, and reviewing the driver’s social media posts for any incriminating evidence. It’s important to note that a driver doesn’t need to exceed the legal alcohol limit to be deemed responsible for an accident. The evidence collected during this phase is instrumental in building a strong case.
With evidence in hand, the next step is to establish the fault of the drunk driver. While in some instances, fault may be evident, other situations might necessitate the expertise of accident reconstruction specialists. Proving fault is pivotal, but it’s worth noting that even if the victim is partially responsible for the accident, compensation can still be pursued. The key is to clearly demonstrate the extent of the other driver’s fault in causing the accident and the resulting injuries.
Proving Your Damages
Having established the other driver’s fault, the focus shifts to quantifying the damages suffered. This encompasses both economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and potential future earnings losses, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Expert testimony, often from medical professionals, may be required to accurately assess and prove the long-term impact of the injuries sustained.
Call Now to Determine What Your Options Are
Not every accident involving a drunk driver leads to a personal injury lawsuit. However, if the evidence points to the drunk driver’s fault, pursuing legal action becomes a viable option. Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn offers a free legal consultation to help you understand your options and the viability of your case.
With a commitment to justice on a contingency basis, you are assured that legal fees are only applicable upon securing a win for your case. If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, reaching out to Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 is the first step towards securing the compensation you rightfully deserve.