Legal Options After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver
If you find yourself in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have a high likelihood of being able to get compensation for your injuries and for your pain and suffering. However, it’s important to take a step back and analyze the legal options you have available to you before jumping right into a lawsuit.
Even in cases where there was a drunk driver that caused the accident, you might still wind up getting more money out of an insurance claim. All drivers are required to have certain minimum standards of car insurance. You might consider filing a third-party claim against the insurance provider of the drunk driver, telling them that you will be seeking full compensation for all losses and injuries related to the accident. In some cases, this scares insurance companies into giving large settlement offers that could come out to more than what you’d receive in litigation.
This is especially true in cases where the driver was convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). Insurance companies know that juries are going to be extremely sympathetic to people who have been hit by drunk drivers, especially those that have been convicted of a crime. So if you are able to wait until you find out about charges and convictions of DUI, you could stand to gain more out of an injury settlement with the insurance company than you could in the courtroom, just so the insurance company can avoid the legal fees and messy nature of litigation.
When a drunk driver causes a car accident and injuries result, you may be able to seek compensation. A skilled New York car accident attorney with Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson can help you determine your best legal options.