Those who drink and drive risk the lives of everyone on the road, including their own. Should a drunk driver hit you or your loved one, causing injuries, you have a right to take legal action against them. A Cleveland County DUI accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can build a case to fight for your financial recovery.
You could recover compensation for lost wages, medical costs, and pain and suffering in a personal injury claim. To learn more about this process, your legal rights, and how our firm can help, you can call our firm for a free case review.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Fight for DUI Victims in Cleveland County
Even when facing a difficult case, our car wreck attorneys will stand by your side and not back down or give up. From the moment you hire our firm, we want you to count on us to advocate for you.
Our team will spend time getting to know you and studying the facts in the case. We want to understand what happened in the crash from your perspective and how it has affected your life. By taking time to understand our client’s point of view, we believe we can be more effective in fighting for their rights.
You also can count on us to keep your case moving forward. We will make sure we follow all deadlines required in the case, including the three-year statute of limitations for starting a personal injury case in North Carolina, per G.S. § 1-52.
Insurance Companies Rarely Have Your Best Interests in Mind
After the collision, you may hear from the drunk driver’s insurer. The insurance representative may claim to be on your side and offer a settlement immediately. However, they often make this first offer to end the case as quickly as possible.
As a result, it may not accurately represent the damages you suffered and the amount of compensation you qualify to receive. When you hire a DUI accident attorney from our firm, we will take care of all communications with the insurance company and let you know if any offers that you receive undervalue your claim.
Calculating the Potential Value of a Drunk Driving Collision Case
After studying the facts surrounding your collision, our team can determine how much compensation to seek from the liable party. You can trust that our team will study your case thoroughly, paying attention to the damages you face now and those you expect to face in the future. Our goal is to arrive at a fair settlement amount so you do not have to cover any damages out of your own pocket once the case closes.
Types of Recoverable Damages From a DUI Accident
Though every case has a unique value, there are a few common categories of recoverable damages. For example, if you must miss several months of work or must spend a lot of time in a hospital, you could recover compensation for lost income and hospital bills. Other common examples include:
- The cost to repair or replace your vehicle
- Medical bills for pain medications, surgeries, and follow-up appointments
- Physical therapy bills
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses, if you lost your loved one in the collision
- Reduced earning ability if you must take a different job or can’t return to work
If you face a significant reduction in your quality of life after the drunk driver hit you, we can also cite this in your compensation request. Our team will help you identify which damages you can seek financial recovery for when reviewing your case.
You Do Not Pay Us If We Do Not Win Compensation for You
The team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, works on a contingency-fee basis. This fee structure means that we do not charge our clients any money ahead of time – or at all, unless we win. Our attorneys understand that you may be unable to work and have some financial concerns after the crash.
We do not want to add to these worries. Instead, our fee will come from a percentage of the final settlement or court award you receive. If we do not win any compensation for you at the end of the case, you do not owe us anything.
Proving Negligence in a DUI Collision Case
One of the most important services we provide for our clients involves collecting evidence to prove the other driver’s fault and liability. As the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) outlines, driving with an alcohol concentration of .08 or higher in this state is illegal. However, we do not have to prove the driver was intoxicated to hold them accountable in civil court. Instead, we must show that:
- The driver had a duty to protect you or your loved one by operating their vehicle safely and responsibly.
- The driver did not fulfill this duty. For example, their intoxication may have caused them to run a red light or speed.
- These actions caused a collision.
- You or your family member suffered injuries and other damages in the wreck.
Of course, the driver’s DUI charges and sobriety test results can also support your claim. Our team will compile any available evidence to build the strongest case possible.
We Take Pride in Fighting for Victims of Drunk Drivers in North Carolina
The team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, believes strongly in fighting for drunk driving victims throughout North Carolina. You should not have to shoulder the financial consequences of another driver’s negligence—we will seek justice and compensation for you and your family.
For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact our Cleveland County team at (828) 286-3866 and hire a DUI accident attorney today.