If you were hurt in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you should not have to bear the costs of your accident alone. Fortunately, an experienced Richmond drunk driver accident lawyer could help hold the at-fault motorist accountable. An attorney could fight tirelessly in pursuit of the compensation you deserve.
Incidents involving drunk driver crashes in Virginia are shockingly common. According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving):
Common fact patterns associated with drunk driving accidents in Richmond are location and time of day. They typically happen in the evening or on the weekend and in specific parts of town. Certain locations have higher number of bars or restaurants, and nearby roads tend to see a substantial amount of drunk driving traffic.
Drinking and driving is something that a person decides to do, and these accidents are some of the few that are truly preventable. Our experienced Richmond drunk driving accident lawyers have helped people who are injured and family members who have experienced death due to a drunk driver.
The civil court system allows victims to recover financial compensation for the injuries and other damages they incurred as a result of a car accidents. Attorneys can pursue a claim and financial compensation for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. While these damages are common in many personal injury cases, drunk driving accident claims are unique.
If the driver who caused the crash was legally intoxicated, an attorney may be able to pursue punitive damages for the injury victim. Punitive or exemplary damages can significantly increase the amount of compensation a victim receives. These types of damages are designed to financially punish the at-fault driver, make an example of them, and deter future bad behavior.
After a drunk driving accident, there are likely two separate cases: criminal and civil. If the at-fault driver goes to trial in the criminal case, the injured person may need to testify in court. If the defendant pleads guilty, however, the victim may not need to be involved.
In the personal injury case, a victim’s involvement depends on the direction the case takes. If the case can be resolved with a settlement, the injured person need only discuss the case and negotiations with their attorney. If the case goes to trial however, the plaintiff becomes very involved in proceedings. Drunk driver accident litigation in Richmond involves the discovery process, depositions, and the trial itself. All of these steps usually require the victim’s involvement.
If you are the victim, please do not speak with an insurance adjuster without first consulting with one of our experienced attorneys. Do not allow any conversation to be recorded. The insurance company’s goal is to pay you the least possible amount of financial compensation. Their representatives may encourage you to agree to a fast, cheap settlement offer.
If you need a Richmond drunk driver accident lawyer, reach out to Commonwealth Law Group and schedule a consultation.