Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Indiana. When a drunk driver or drugged driver causes an accident, the driver may face criminal and civil penalties. Impaired driving negatively impacts the lives of thousands of individuals and families each year. When an impaired driver causes a DUI accident, the accident victims can face lifelong consequences of a driver’s reckless and negligent decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking or taking drugs.
If you have been injured in a DUI accident, you need an Indianapolis DUI accident attorney to protect your rights. Contact Poynter & Bucheri, LLC for a free consultation with one of our DUI accident lawyers in Indianapolis. Call 1-800-265-9881 now for your free case review with a PBAR attorney.
Proving Fault and Liability in a DUI Accident Claim
If a driver is arrested for impaired driving, the arrest is just one piece of evidence used to prove fault and liability for a DUI accident. As with other types of vehicle accidents in Indiana, you must prove that the other driver caused the crash before you can recover compensation for your damages. The fact that the driver was impaired at the time of the collision may not be sufficient to prove the driver caused the crash. You must have evidence proving the driver did something to cause the collision.
For example, the driver crossed into your lane of traffic, rear-ended your vehicle, failed to yield the right of way, ran a stop sign, or committed another traffic infraction that caused the collision. Once you prove that the other driver caused the DUI accident, you can hold the driver liable for your damages.
Our Indianapolis DUI attorneys thoroughly investigate the accident to gather evidence that proves the drunk driver caused the crash. Examples of evidence that we might use to prove fault and liability in an Indiana DUI accident include:
- The accident report prepared by law enforcement officers;
- Statements from eyewitnesses;
- Videos and photographs of the accident scene;
- Physical evidence from the accident scene and the vehicles;
- Videos from surrounding businesses;
- Expert witnesses, such as an accident reconstructionist; and,
- Details of the criminal case.
Dedicated Advocates for DUI Accident Victims
The Indiana DUI accident attorneys of Poynter & Bucheri aggressively investigates and pursues drunk driving accident claims. We believe that victims of drunk drivers deserve to receive full compensation for their injuries and damages.
To learn about your legal rights and your options for recovering compensation for your DUI accident claim, call 1-800-265-9881 or (317) 780-8000 to request your free consultation with an Indianapolis DUI accident lawyer.
Why Do DUI Accidents Occur?
A DUI accident can occur anywhere; however, some scenarios increase the risk of a drunk driving accident including:
- Drivers leaving bars and restaurants
- Drivers attending social parties at homes or other locations where alcohol was served
- Drivers leaving sports and entertainment venues that serve alcohol
- Holidays and holiday weekends, such as St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and Fourth of July
- Drivers who take medication that impairs driving ability
If possible, avoid driving when bars and other establishments serving alcohol are closing for the evening. In addition, if you notice a driver who exhibits signs of impaired driving, put more distance between your vehicle and the other vehicle and report the driver to local law enforcement.
Injuries and Compensation in DUI Accident Claims
DUI accidents can cause traumatic injuries for the other individuals involved in the crash. In many cases, a drunk driver is speeding at the time of the crash or collides with another vehicle head-on. Injuries sustained in a drunk driving crash include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Comas, concussions, and other brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Back and neck injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs
- Burns, scarring, and disfigurement
- Disability and permanent impairment
The injuries from a DUI crash can result in surgery, lengthy hospital stays, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and ongoing medical care. The cost of medical treatment and personal care can be significant.
In addition to the cost of medical treatment, accident victims often suffer substantial financial damages because of lost wages and loss of earning capacity. For a DUI accident victim who suffers a permanent impairment, the financial damages can total hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In addition, victims suffer extreme physical pain and mental suffering. Some victims develop PTSD because of the accident. If you are injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering damages, in addition to compensation for your economic damages.
Valuing a DUI Accident Claim Correctly
It can be difficult to place a dollar figure on your pain and suffering after a DUI crash. The insurance company for the drunk driver may accept liability for the accident; however, the company may try to settle your injury claim for an amount that is much lower than the actual value of your claim. You need experienced help!
The PBAR legal team meticulously to document the damages for your DUI injury claim. We gather evidence to support our calculation of the value of your claim. Our goal is to maximize the amount of money you receive for your claim.
The money will not undo the damage caused by a drunk driver nor will money ease your pain and suffering. However, the compensation for a DUI accident claim can help you pay for your medical expenses and living expenses as you continue to heal and recover from the life-changing consequences of a drunk driving accident.
Contact an Indianapolis DUI Accident Attorney Now for Help
Hold a drunk driver responsible for the damages caused by a DUI accident. Poynter & Bucheri, LLC assist DUI accident victims in filing claims to recover compensation for their injuries, losses, and damages.
Call 1-800-265-9881 or use the form on this page to request a free case review with one of our Indiana DUI accident attorneys.
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