Alcohol is called a social lubricant. It's common at parties and other social events. Most people are responsible when consuming alcohol. Sadly, far too many people make the illegal and dangerous decision to operate their vehicle after they've consumed alcohol. These individuals are not only putting themselves at risk, they are endangering everyone else on the road.
Drunk driving is highly correlated with serious, even fatal, car accidents. If you have recently been in an accident caused by a drunk driver, working with an attorney is critical to protecting yourself, your family, and your financial future.
The fallout of a drunk driving accident can last for years
Immediately following the accident, your response was probably physical pain, confusion, and anxiety. If your vehicle was severely damaged, you have to worry about the cost of repairs or a replacement. Then there's the need to obtain emergency medical treatment, speak with police, and arrange for transportation home or to the hospital. You may even need to help identify or locate the drunk driver, if the individual flees the scene of the accident to try to avoid incarceration. The accident itself may only last a few seconds, but the impact of the accident can last for years.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be unable to work. For some, that inability will be temporary until they heal. For others, their injuries may preclude returning to work in their chosen field. The loss of wages and the loss of your career track can be financially devastating. Combine that with medical bills, for everything from trauma care to physical therapy. It's easy to see how an accident caused by a drunk driver can completely change your life.
Consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident
While you're being treated or recovering, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. This advocate can go over the details of your case with you and advise you on your options. While the drunk driver will likely face criminal charges as the result of the accident, you may also be able to file a civil suit. A lawsuit filed and argued by an experienced personal injury attorney can result in the recovery of funds to cover your vehicle loss, lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses that resulted from the drunk driver's actions.
You and your family shouldn't have to suffer and struggle because of someone else's poor decisions. An initial consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney is free of charge. While it may not cost anything to speak with an attorney, one's advice could be invaluable.