According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), alcohol-related crashes in the U.S. cost approximately 51 billion dollars every year and the Office for Victims of Crimes estimates that 30 percent of Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point in their lifetime. Drunk driving has affected countless numbers of lives and cases of this nature are tried differently than traffic accidents where alcohol is not involved. Therefore, it is not only important to know what to do when you are involved in a car accident, it is essential to seek legal advice to learn about your rights when your life is affected by a drunk driver.
Alcohol is usually considered an aggravating factor in car crashes. An aggravating factor is a reason why someone who has pled or been found guilty should receive a more harsh sentence. It is also something that is used to increase the value of a claim above and beyond what it would have been had the aggravating factor not been a factor in the claim. When aggravating factors are involved in a claim, you may be seeking punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded to punish and deter the defendant from repeating the reprehensible behavior that caused your damages and/or injury.
Another thing to think about when you are the victim of a drunk-driving accident is who is liable for the accident. While the obvious answer may be the drunk driver, in some circumstances, the party that supplied the liquor may also be held liable. The attorneys at Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki have extensive experience and skill in handling accident claims where drunk driving is a factor. We are prepared to investigate and prove your claim, and then work to obtain the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
When selecting an attorney to represent your drunk-driving claim, it is important to know how many victims your potential lawyer has represented. You will also want to ask the attorney if he or she is willing to seek damages against the party or establishment that served the drunk driver alcohol. It is also good to know the success the attorney has had representing victims of drunk-driving accidents. Hiring an attorney with expertise in trying drunk-driving claims and a proven record of success will increase your chances of obtaining a fair recovery. The attorneys of Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki have experience and a strong record of success in pursuing and proving cases that involve drunk drivers and, through perseverance and outstanding performance, we obtain maximum results for our clients.
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