Not surprisingly, drunk driving often spikes on Super Bowl Sunday, putting everyone on the road at risk. If a drunk driver hurt you after the Super Bowl or at any other time, speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. In many cases, Maryland law entitles people who are hurt by impaired drivers to compensation.
Don’t Expect the Police or the Prosecutor to Protect Your Rights
If a drunk driver hit you, the police may have responded to the scene of the accident, determined that the driver was intoxicated, and hauled him or her away in handcuffs. While that experience may make you feel like justice was served, the criminal case against the driver has nothing to do with your insurance claim against the drunk driver’s insurance policy. You still need to take action to recover compensation, and here’s why you need to retain an attorney to represent you in your claim:
Drunk Driving Accidents Can Entitle You to Significant Compensation
While no one wants to suffer through an accident with a drunk driver, drunk driving accident victims are almost always entitled to compensation for their accident-related losses. Because DUI is against the law, the law typically deems impaired drivers negligent as a matter of law under a legal doctrine known as negligence per se. As a result, they are usually liable for any injuries they cause. Typical damages sought in a drunk driving accident case include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Vehicle repairs
- Lost quality of life
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
What Compensation Can I Recover?
You may want to know how much compensation you’re going to receive for your drunk driving case. Every case is different, and there’s no way to talk about an average recovery in a case involving an impaired driving accident. Here are some of the factors that may change the amount of compensation you ultimately receive:
- The extent and severity of your injuries
- Your age
- Your occupation
- Whether you were partially at fault for your accident
- The limits of the other driver’s insurance policy
If a Drunk Driver Injured You, Speak to an Experienced Attorney as Soon as You Can
Drunk driving accidents usually entitle victims to significant compensation. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our experienced personal injury lawyers will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and will only collect legal fees if we recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free case evaluation with a lawyer, call our office today at 301-381-2655 or contact us online.