While no amount of consolation or compensation can return your loved one to you, we will do everything possible to ensure that you receive justice and compensation for life of the person you lost. In most situations, the drunk driver that caused the accident will be criminally charged for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Additionally, someone who supplied alcohol to the drunk driver may share liability for the fatal accident. Often, these are people hosting parties, bars or restaurants. If an underage driver is involved, the person or establishment who supplied the alcohol to the driver may face large fines, loss of their business license and criminal charges.
These people who supplied alcohol to the drunk driver have an obligation to avoid over-serving people who are visibly intoxicated. While it’s difficult to believe, parents of high schoolers are often guilty of looking the other way when their children have parties. Some even willingly supply alcohol with the rationalization that it’s better that the kids drink at home. This may keep their own children safe, but place the rest of our community at risk when they decide to leave the party intoxicated.
During this difficult time, it is still extremely important that you try to do two things immediately:
First, never discuss anything about the accident with anyone from another insurance company. It is fine to report the accident to your own insurance company but do not discuss the accident with the insurance company for the drunk driver who caused the accident.
This may seem counterintuitive to you, especially if finances are tight, you feel a lack of direction and motivation, and all you want to do is put all of this behind you. The trouble is that insurance companies know this and will try to take advantage to get you to settle for a low amount and waive your right to any future compensation. If you hire a lawyer , the insurance company can no longer contact you directly and must contact you through your lawyer instead. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, past and future income loss, your pain and suffering and loss of companionship.