Hit in a Drunk Driving Accident?
Lafayette Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Offer Guidance and Solutions
According to the United States Department of Transportation, three people die in alcohol-related car crashes every two hours in the United States. Furthermore, drunk driving causes more than $37 billion in damages. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before his or her first arrest.
Laws are simply not enough of a deterrent for some people. As a result, motorists are in constant danger when a drunk driver pulls onto the road. Our Lafayette drunk driving accident attorneys have spent the better part of two decades helping victims of drunk drivers put their lives back together after a terrible accident, injury or death.
What Do I Do If I Am In a Drunk Driving Accident?
The most important thing is to take care of your health and your family. Follow your doctor’s orders and keep careful records of your diagnosis and treatment. If possible, take photographs of your injury, damage to the vehicle and the scene of the accident.
Contact an attorney immediately before you speak with the other driver’s insurance company. These companies do not have your best interests at heart. They will attempt to minimize and deny your rightful claim based on your own statements. If they call, then you do not need to give a statement right away. Explore your rights with an attorney first.
There is no such thing as a drunk driving “accident”. When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, he or she is making a choice and must face the consequences. Crashes caused by drunk drivers can have physical, emotional and financial effects on the survivors that last for years. Family members who lost loved ones have to adjust to a major upheaval of their lives, and the period following a sudden trauma is stressful and overwhelming.
What Happens If the Drunk Driver Is Already Facing Criminal Charges?
After a DWI or DUI arrest, the state imposes charges on the driver and may then prosecute him/her. Victims must understand that, even if the drunk driver pleads to lesser charges or is found not guilty, it does not stop a victim from filing a civil lawsuit.
In a situation like this, the prosecutor of the criminal case does not represent the victim. Additionally, victims generally do not receive money for damages in a criminal case. There is a statute of limitations on drunk driving that limits civil lawsuits to one year in Louisiana. This means that, with few exceptions, victims only have one year to file a drunk driving lawsuit. If your drunk driver faces criminal charges, do not wait until the case is over to contact your own personal injury attorney. We handle cases across Louisiana, including Calcasieu Parish, Sulphur and the Lake Charles area.