Suffering an injury in a car accident is stressful. When the other driver is drunk and you know the accident is their fault, you are probably dealing with a range of emotions including fear of the unknown. You have no idea immediately following an accident how long you will be out of work, how your bills will be covered if you’re not working, and you don’t know the extent of your injuries.
Typically, you will report the accident to your insurance company and deal with them following an accident. The problem after an accident when you’re seriously injured is the insurance company is going to be interested in protecting their bottom line. We force them to focus on what really matters which is getting you the maximum settlement for your injuries and losses.
After a Drunk Driving Accident
Naturally your first concern after being involved in an accident with a drunk driver must be your safety and well-being. Even if you are uncertain about the extent of your injuries, you need to seek immediate medical attention. Victims are often unaware of internal injuries because of the body’s natural response to an accident — a rush of adrenaline. This rush often means pain is masked. A physician is trained to fully evaluate victims of car accidents to ensure there are no “hidden” injuries including injuries to internal organs, spinal injuries, and head injuries.
When you contact your insurance company to report the accident, use caution when answering questions. Remember, once you report an accident, the insurance adjuster can be considered a foe versus a friend — they want to protect the insurer. The answers you provide to what appears to be an innocent question could have an impact on a settlement later. Don’t answer questions pertaining to how you feel, what the extent of your injuries are, or anything beyond what is contained in the police report. Simply put, notify them of the accident, notify them of the location, and provide information about the other driver. Beyond that avoid answering anything you’re asked without speaking to an attorney.
We Speak for Victims of a Drunk Driver
It is common for people to think about only physical injuries after a car accident. However, we know victims of a drunk driving accidents are dealing with both physical and emotional injuries. The healing of the emotional trauma and the scars they leave can go on for months, and in some cases, even years.
It is important for every victim of a drunk driver to have someone advocate on their behalf. Insurance adjusters can be challenging to work with after a drunk driving accident. That’s because they’re in the business of protecting the insurance company. Their focus is nearly always on reaching the lowest possible settlement with victims. We’re not having any of that. Our goal is completely opposite: To make sure victims are fairly compensated for their injuries, their financial losses, and their long-term pain and suffering.
Life-Altering Injuries Can be Devastating
Car accidents can result in life-altering injuries. Victims can suffer traumatic brain injuries, crushing injuries resulting in amputations, or internal injuries that take months to heal. Some victims are the family members who must live with the realization their loved one was killed by a drunk driver. Regardless of the circumstances, your life will never be the same after a drunk driving accident.
We understand if you are unable to work after a drunk driving accident there is an impact on your entire family. Your standard of living will change, you may be facing mounting medical bills, and there’s a new level of uncertainty about the future that didn’t exist before the accident.
Negotiations and Trials
Many times, when victims work with personal injury attorneys the focus is on getting a fast settlement for their clients. The reasons for this are simple: if we can reach a fair settlement quickly, it means you have the money you need to resolve the financial challenges you are facing. We understand how important it is to maintain your family’s lifestyle and we will work tirelessly to reach a reasonable settlement.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are not always willing to settle cases for the full amount of losses. In these instances, you need an attorney who will be fully prepared to take your case to court and have it heard by a full jury. Too often, we see those who are injured in a drunk driving accident revictimized by a reluctant insurer. We will not allow that to happen.
Personal Injury Case Compensation
There are no two cases of personal injury which are identical. We’re often asked the question “how much can I recover financially” — this question is impossible to answer since no two cases will result in the same settlement or jury award. There are several factors that play a role in what type of settlement an insurer will offer including the severity of the injury, the recovery time of victims, and the long-term outlook for victims. Jurors will often look at these same factors, but they often come to a different conclusion. That’s why it’s so important to work with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible after you’ve been injured by a drunk driver.
Experience Matters in Personal Injury Cases
As an attorney, it’s easy to read the personal injury statutes and follow the letter of the law. However, when dealing with a personal injury case, there are other considerations which play a role in a successful outcome. Some of these include skill and experience settling with insurance companies for fair compensation, understanding how to work with judges and juries, but most importantly, experience matters in how you as a victim are treated.
From our initial consultation until the day your case is resolved, you will be treated with compassion. We’ll make every effort to ensure that while you’re focusing on healing from your physical injuries you know what steps we’re taking to get you the compensation you are entitled to. If you suffered an injury in a drunk driving accident, or you lost a loved one, contact an experienced attorney at Tentinger Law Firm by calling 952-953-3330. You can also use our quick contact form. We offer a free half-hour initial consultation and all our conversations are kept confidential.