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Information for DUI Accident Victims: Know Your Rights

A car accident caused by a drunk driver can be a terrifying time for an individual. The injuries that can result from the irresponsible behavior of another person can be a major source of disruption to a person’s life, affecting their ability to work, earn money, or complete everyday tasks. Expenses can quickly pile up for an accident that never should have happened in the first place.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim whereby you may pursue compensation to cover all costs related to your injury. This is your right, and we at Goodman Acker P.C. are prepared to help you defend it.

The following are some frequently asked questions about pursuing justice after a DUI accident:

Should I sign a statement provided by the other driver’s insurance company?

Do not consent to sign anything without consulting with an attorney! Doing so may limit your rights to pursue a claim and could greatly affect your claim’s value. Remember that an insurance company’s primary goal is to pay as little as possible, so be wary of any offer that is made too quickly or that seems unlikely to cover all expenses incurred after an accident. If you suspect an insurance company is attempting to diminish the value of your claim, contact the Detroit car accident lawyers at Goodman Acker P.C. as soon as possible.

Can I recover damages for a loved one’s injuries or death?

Yes. If you suffered the loss of a loved one in a preventable accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their estate to recover compensation from the driver and any other party who contributed to the accident.

What damages can be recovered in a DUI accident case?

An injured person filing a personal injury claim may seek damages including past and future medical expenses, past and future pain, suffering and emotional distress, and past and future loss of income and/or earning capacity. If a person files a wrongful death care on behalf of a loved one who was killed in a DUI accident, they may pursue compensation for funeral and burial costs, other monetary losses, and non-economic damages including loss of companionship, loss of comfort and care, and emotional distress. In particularly egregious cases, a personal injury claim may also seek punitive damages.

Is there a difference between being intoxicated by drugs and being intoxicated by alcohol in the eyes of the law?

The law does not distinguish between driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If impairment causes and accident, the driver can be held responsible for their misconduct by being held liable in a personal injury claim.

Have further questions? Request a free consultation with a Detroit car accident lawyer by calling (248) 793-2010.