Discover the Three Main Steps Involved in Building and Winning a Personal Injury Claim Against a Drunk Driver
If you have been the victim of a drunk driver and been injured in a car accident, then there are several steps you can take to increase your chances of winning a personal injury claim against them. We recommend contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as possible so we can get started on your case. Reach out to Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas now at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
- Investigating If the drive was arrested and/or cited for a DUI at the scene of the car accident, and they went on to plead guilty or were convicted of the crime, it might seem that you automatically get compensated from their insurance company. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. As your attorney, we will gather evidence at the scene and from any other sources available to start building your claim. Examples of evidence we can use includes the police report, testimony from eye witnesses, video footage of the accident and/or aftermath, forensic evidence, testimony from the driver, and their own social media posts. Remember that the driver does not necessarily have to be over the legal limit to be at fault for the car accident.
- Proving Fault Once we have gathered as much information as possible, we must start working to prove that the other driver was at fault. This might be simple or it might require special expert witnesses such as an accident reconstructionist. Proving fault is essential to winning your case, but even if you are partially at fault (for example, if you ran a red light) you can still collect damages.
- Proving Your Damages After we have proven that the other party is at fault for your injuries, we must then prove what those damages were. This would include economic damages such as lost wages, medical bills, and future lost earnings, as well as noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering. We will work with medical and other experts when necessary to determine and prove your long-term costs.
Call Now to Determine What Your Options Are
Not every accident is grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit but if a drunk driver was at fault, then they almost always share at least some of the blame. To find out what your options are, and if you have grounds and reason to file a lawsuit, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 now for a free legal consultation. If we take your case it will be on a contingency basis, which means you will not owe us a penny until we win your case.