Raleigh DUI Accident Attorney | Wake County Drunk Driving Injury Lawyer
December 5, 2012
When a drunk driver chooses to get behind the wheel, he or she is not just risking their own lives; the drunk driver is risking the lives and health of everyone on the road. The criminal justice system provides punishment for these individuals, but it does not always force them to pay financial damages for any injuries resulting from the automobile accidents they cause. This is the purpose of the civil courts. If you have lost a loved one as a result of a DUI accident, or if you have sustained personal injury because of an intoxicated driver, it is important you retain an attorney to advocate for you against the drunk driver and his or her insurance company. To speak with Raleigh lawyer regarding your case, call the law firm of Maginnis Law at 919.480.8526.
After a serious DUI automobile accident, you may incur thousands of dollars of medical bills, miss weeks of work, and be forced to suffer through significant physical pain and limitation. The first step in recovering fair compensation for these damages is typically to attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the drunk driver’s insurance company. While some companies treat folks more fairly than others, you should always remember that the insurance company’s profits depend upon paying as little on claims as possible. Therefore, their interests are always adverse to yours – even when their insured is the person that acted recklessly by drinking and driving.
An attorney can assist you through the insurance claim process by advising you of the reasonable value of your claim, advocating on your behalf against the insurance company, and helping to determine all available insurance coverage. In many DUI accident cases, you may need to look for additional policies to provide coverage other than just the one on the vehicle being driven by the defendant. More importantly, retaining a lawyer lets the insurer know that there is a real threat of litigation and that if they do not make a serious offer, you will take your claim to court. This is particularly important in drunk driving cases because of the availability of “punitive damages.” Unlike normal “compensatory damages” which are simply designed to compensate you for financial losses and pain, punitive damages are typically available in DUI cases to punish the defendant for acting recklessly. Juries are allowed wide discretion in the amount to award and commonly come down hard on repeat offenders. The threat of this issue going before a jury can provide you and your attorney leverage in negotiating with the insurance company.
The Raleigh law firm of Maginnis Law offers free consultations to all victims of drunk driving accidents. All personal injury and wrongful death representation is handled on a contingency basis. This means that we do not charge our DUI injury clients an attorney’s fees until we make a financial recovery on their behalf. The firm represents clients throughout North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greenville, Fayetteville, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Sanford, and Greensboro.
To speak with an attorney regarding your DUI injury case, call Maginnis Law at 919.480.8526. Unlike many larger firms, you will be able to speak and sit-down with an attorney, not a “case-manager” or paralegal. If you would rather submit an email inquiry directly to one of our lawyers, please use our contact page. You will typically receive a response the same day.