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Victims of Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers Have Many Options

Steve Wagner

A gruesome accident involving a minivan and a motorcycle at Crawford County recently claimed the life of an Indianapolis man. The minivan, taking a sudden turn, struck the victim riding a motorcycle. The crash occurred because the driver of the minivan did not see the motorcycle. The occupants of the van, including a two-year old child, were not injured. The police have arrested the driver of the minivan, and charged her with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Drunk drivers causing car accidents is common. In fact, drunk driving is responsible for roughly four out of ten accidents in the US. The case for claiming damages for personal injury, and the criminal case for causing the accident are separate. Even if the court acquits the drunk driver of all criminal charges, this should not affect the personal injury lawsuit. However, when filing a suit for compensation, there are many factors to consider, and procedural rules to follow. Failure to consider these may result in the court rejecting the claim for compensation on technical grounds.

It is important to prove the case against the drunk driver beyond reasonable doubt. Police reports have a big say, but any supporting evidence, such as a track record of drunk driving, public intoxication or other disturbances, strengthens the case. The victim can make the claim for personal injury, pain and suffering, loss or damage of the vehicle, loss of earnings or business profits during the period of incapacitation, and for medical expenses. When making claims, it is important to substantiate each point, and how the figure demanded has been arrived at.

Again, it is not only against the driver that the claim for personal injury needs to be made. The driver can, and should, be sued for negligence. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the case, according to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, it may also be possible to sue a restaurant, a bar, or other establishment, under the Dram Shop Act, for providing alcohol to an already intoxicated person. Indiana’s social host law also makes it possible to sue the host of a party, or any other person, who served alcohol to an already intoxicated person, for damages.

Wagner Reese, with its team of experienced drunk driving accident injury lawyers is the best choice to represent you when making a claim for damages. Our personal injury lawyers will investigate the case thoroughly, perform in-depth research, and present the case in the best possible manner to secure the maximum possible compensation for your sufferings. With us, your initiative becomes totally risk-free, as we do not charge anything upfront. You do not have to pay anything until you receive your settlement.

Contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free evaluation of your motor vehicle accident case!


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