Drunk driving accidents can cause serious injury and death. If you or a loved one are the victim of a drunk driving related accident, an experienced Albuquerque personal injury lawyer can counsel you on your options.
Proving Liability in a Drunk Driving Related Accident
When you meet with a qualified Albuquerque personal injury lawyer, they can evaluate the facts of your case and give you a sense of how strong your claim might be. Regardless of the cause, injury accidents follow general principles of negligence. In other words, courts (and insurance adjusters) look at whether the driver at fault acted reasonably. If the driver at fault failed to follow a standard of care to keep others safe and thereby caused an injury, he may be liable to compensate you for your injuries. For drivers operating under the influence, it may be simpler to prove negligence. If the driver was actually charged or convicted of drunk driving, this may bolster the civil case for damages.
Types of Compensation Potentially Available
Your Albuquerque personal injury attorneys can review the specific facts of your case. If you have a case for negligence, there are a variety of damages you may be able to collect. Negligence awards are designed to make the victim whole. Therefore, courts look at what the accident cost you. You may seek compensation for out of pocket expenses like medical bills, replacement services or lost wages you incurred as a result of your injuries. Additionally, courts may award damages for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is a more subjective figure. As a claimant, your job will be to prove how your injuries have impacted your daily life. Your attorney can help you answer questions about what types of proof courts typically consider.
If you were seriously injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have many potential options available to you for compensation. It’s important to consult with experienced Albuquerque personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. To make an appointment for an initial consultation, call our office.