Every motorist knows, whether they just got their license or have been on the road for years, that drunk driving is dangerous. Not only is it illegal, but it puts other road users at risk of serious injuries and death. If you or a loved one suffered harm because of an intoxicated driver, you have every right to pursue compensation for your losses.
A Spindale DUI accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC is ready to advocate for what you need. Compensation could pay for your medical bills and other out-of-pocket expenses. We offer free case reviews.
We Offer Legal Help on a Contingency-Fee Basis
After suffering harm in a collision with a drunk driver, the last thing you want to think about is how you’re going to afford legal aid. You might think: “How can I afford a lawyer if I can’t work?”
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC offers legal help on contingency. If we recover compensation for your losses, a portion of your settlement pays for our services. The keyword here is “if.” You only pay for our help if your case succeeds.
The Importance of Meeting North Carolina’s Statutory Deadline
In North Carolina, if you are injured in a DUI-related car wreck, you generally have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit, per G.S. § 1-52.
If a family member was fatally wounded in a DUI collision, the time allotted to file a wrongful death lawsuit is only two years, per G.S. § 1-53. However, these timelines can vary in some cases. By consulting with our team, you can learn about your case’s filing deadline, as well as other laws that affect your right to damages.
Pursuing Recoverable Damages After a Drunk Driving Accident
The aftermath of a car wreck can be exhausting, especially when you are unable to work and recovering from serious injuries. You don’t have to worry about pursuing damages while managing other aspects of your life. Our team will pursue:
Economic damages are based on exact dollar amounts offered by receipts, invoices, and billing statements. Examples include:
- Property replacement or repair expenses
- Past, current, and future medical costs
- Current and future loss of income
- In-home medical care
- Funeral and burial expenses (for wrongful death cases)
Your legal team will add up these expenses and determine their monetary values, which they will request from the liable party.
You can also pursue restitution for non-economic damages based on the accident’s impact on your life. Compensation could include:
- Long-lasting disabilities
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish and trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of life enjoyment
These are just some of the damages you can recover with our team’s help. As such, this is not an exhaustive list.
Punitive damages are payments often awarded to claimants in cases where a defendant committed “egregiously wrongful acts.” This compensation penalizes and intends to “deter the defendant and others from committing similar wrongful acts.” A drunk driver who causes an accident is a perfect example of a person who might be found liable for punitive damages.
Calculating all of these damages can be a complicated process. However, with the help of a DUI accident lawyer serving Spindale, you won’t have to worry about these calculations. Our team will fight for everything you need to restore your physical and emotional health.
What You Can Expect from Your DUI Accident Lawyer in Spindale
Once you contract our legal team, you can trust that we’ll:
Gather Evidence to Support Your Case
When our team manages your case, we will perform a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of your accident and losses. We will gather all available evidence to support your right to damages, including:
- The police/accident report
- Eyewitness statements
- Medical records and doctors’ reports
- Income statements
- Photos of your condition
- Photos of your car’s damage and the accident scene itself
We may also consult with accident reconstruction specialists, medical professionals, and other parties to learn more about your situation. We finance all consulting costs associated with your case, so you don’t have to worry about it.
The American Bar Association (ABA) notes that, to recover damages in a DUI accident case, we must prove negligence. This involves showing that the other party:
- Had an obligation to drive with reasonable prudence and caution
- Did not uphold this obligation
- Caused your accident
- Injured you
Using the evidence listed above, we can assert negligence and pursue the damages you need.
Negotiate for What You Deserve
We resolve many DUI accident claims through negotiations. This involves:
- Identifying the liable insurance company
- Calculating your losses
- Managing all relevant communications
- Examining the liable policy
- Negotiating for what you need
- Protecting you from bad faith insurance practices
You don’t even have to talk to the claims adjuster with us on your side. When the insurer contacts you, refer the adjuster to us.
File a Lawsuit
We hope that we can resolve your case before a lawsuit becomes necessary. If not, however, our trial-ready lawyers will do everything possible to secure a fair outcome. This involves taking depositions, interviewing witnesses, and communicating with the other party’s lawyer.
Your civil lawsuit is different from the criminal case against the at-fault driver. If the other party is convicted of a crime, this will not recover compensation for your losses. However, a conviction could support your civil case.
Begin Your Free Case Review Now
When you’re ready to take legal action against the at-fault driver, Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC is ready to advocate for you. As noted, we offer free case reviews and work on contingency, so there is little financial risk in partnering with us.