Nationwide, thousands of individuals are fatally injured every year in drug and alcohol related car accidents, and hundreds of thousands more people incur non-fatal injuries. Many injuries are life-changing and survivors of a drunk driving car accident may spend the rest of their lives disabled from a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Furthermore, individuals will not only experience both physical and emotional pain but also the financial burden of medical bills from treatment. When an individual is in a car accident due to an impaired driver, there is an opportunity for the victim to pursue monetary compensation for medical bills, loss of income, property damage and pain and suffering.
There are legal options for victims that have been injured in a car accident with a drunk driver. Some options may include a jury trial, settling out-of-court or settling with the drunk driver’s insurance company before filing a lawsuit. At times, it may be in the best interest for the victim to inquire about a settlement with the offender’s insurance company. When the drunk driver’s insurance company realizes that a third party claim will be filed for injuries and losses, the insurance company may respond with a sizable settlement. Moreover, when an insurance company discovers that their insured driver has been convicted of a DUI while involved in a car accident, they may be more inclined to provide settlement than allowing a jury to decide the monetary award. In order to maximize the best possible outcome, injured parties should be represented by an experienced car accident lawyer.
In some instances victims of drunk driving may be entitled to pursue compensation for injuries under dram shop laws. A dram shop case is a lawsuit against a bar or establishment that sold alcohol to an individual who then got into a car accident. Depending on the facts of the case and the dram shop law in the state, a victim may receive compensation.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates Represent Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
When you are involved in a drunk driving car accident, it can be a harrowing experiencing leaving you feeling overwhelmed when trying to understand your rights as a victim. Victims of drunk driving accidents may have legal recourse against the drunk driver, insurance companies or businesses that served alcohol to intoxicated drivers. It is vital to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer to explain your rights and help you through this difficult and sometimes complicated process. Call the experienced and knowledgeable Philadelphia car accidents lawyers at Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates. We have successfully represented victims of DUI crashes and helped them get the compassion to which they are entitled. Our law offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Voorhees, New Jersey. To schedule your free confidential consultation today, call us at 215-567-6600 or contact us online.