You do not need to hire a lawyer to go against a drunk driver and recover compensation. You can file a civil lawsuit and represent yourself. However, going to court and fighting for your rights without expert legal knowledge and experience can cause costly mistakes that prevent you from getting the amount you deserve. Drunk driving accidents are complex and require expertise.
If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, you should not let the irresponsible walk out of the situation without paying for your damages. After all, the party at fault should be paying for the losses. To know how an attorney can help with your drink accident claim, consult with New Jersey injury lawyers at Sattiraju & Tharney, LLP today.
Ways a car accident lawyer can help in a drunk accident case
Give you the legal guidance you need.
Of all the services attorneys provide, the most important one is guiding you through the entire legal process. If you were involved in a drunken car accident for the first time, you might not know what the right step to take is. Your attorney can guide you.
Ensure a proper investigation.
Attorneys recommend clicking pictures of the accident site as soon as it happens. However, it may not always be possible for victims to do so. This is where an attorney can help. They can find evidence to strengthen your claim.
Communicating with the insurance companies.
Good communication with the insurance companies is important. Insurance companies will try to minimize your compensation by using their dirty tricks and tactics. This happens even more when they know you have not retained an attorney. On the other hand, they cannot use the same tactics with attorneys since they know they won’t be successful.
Is a drunk driver automatically at fault for the accident?
If you were injured in a car accident where the other driver was drunk, most people are likely to believe or assume that the drunk person is at fault. But that is not always true. You will still need to prove with evidence and arguments that the accident occurred because of the other party.
Proving fault requires the plaintiff to show that the defendant owed them a duty of care and failed to follow the duty. The breach of duty resulted in the accident and directly caused the losses and damages of the plaintiff. Simply showing that the other driver was at fault may not get you the compensation you are expecting.