According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately one-third of all traffic-related fatalities involve a drunk driver. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you likely want to know how much compensation you might be able to seek from the at-fault party.
Your choice of legal representation could affect the compensation you might receive after being hit by a drunk driver. The experienced attorneys at The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, can help you navigate these difficult circumstances and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.
Contact our office today for a free consultation.
What Is the Average Settlement for a Drunk Driving Accident?
There is no “average” settlement for a drunk driving accident. Every car crash is unique, with multiple factors affecting the settlement amount. Such factors include the severity of your injuries, their impact on your work and lifestyle, the amount of insurance coverage available, and the degree to which you were also at fault for the accident.
Accident victims who do not hire an attorney are often pressured to settle too early and for far less than they deserve. That is why you need an experienced attorney on your side. We can investigate the details of the accident, ensure you are taking the necessary steps to properly document your injuries and losses, and fight on your behalf for fair compensation from the drunk driver’s insurer.
Factors That Affect Settlement Value
Multiple factors could affect the amount of a drunk driving accident settlement. First, there is the question of fault. The drunk driver’s insurance company might try to argue that you were also at fault for the accident. That’s why you need your own lawyer to argue on your behalf that the drunk driver should take full responsibility for their actions.
Second, the severity of your injuries will impact the amount of compensation you could receive for being hit by a drunk driver. For example, an accident victim who becomes paralyzed would likely be entitled to more compensation than a victim who suffers a broken leg that heals fully.
Furthermore, the extent to which these injuries are permanent, affect your ability to work, or impact your quality of life, are critical factors in determining your settlement amount. For example, if you must miss work for several weeks to receive medical attention, physical therapy, and additional recovery time, you could be compensated for those lost wages.
Calculating Damages in Drunk Driving Claim Settlements or Lawsuits
Exactly how much you will receive in a drunk driver accident settlement is calculated based on three types of damages:
- Economic Damages – These damages have a specific dollar value found on a bill or statement. Examples include hospital bills, lost wages from missed work, damage to property, etc.
- Non-Economic Damages – These damages can be harder to quantify, but they are just as real and just as compensable. Examples include general pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical discomfort, post-traumatic stress, loss of companionship, and reduced quality of life.
- Punitive Damages – These damages are only awarded by the court in a lawsuit and are meant to punish the drunk driver for their actions. An award of this kind is relatively rare.
Talk to a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Folsom Today
The experienced Folsom car accident attorneys at The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, could help you pursue the compensation you deserve if a drunk driver injured you. There is no cost to speak with us about your accident and your legal options. Contact our office today.