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January 18, 2021

How Hiring the Wrong Attorney Can Cost Your DUI Accident Claim

You were coming home from work late on a Friday one night, just like any other day. You were driving your normal route home when suddenly, BAM! As you’re going through the intersection you were struck by another vehicle. You’re shaken up but you’re able to compose yourself. Your neck aches and you feel some pain in your lower back, but you know the proper steps to take following a car accident, so you get out to begin speaking with the other party.

As you approach the vehicle, something seems off. You see the driver hunched over their steering wheel and smell a potent stench of alcohol coming from the cabin.

This is the point where you decide you want to pursue a claim against this driver, as they were under the influence when they hit you. You confidently believe that you have a claim, “how could I possibly lose this? The driver was drunk!”

LACK OF INVESTIGATION

When putting together the information surrounding your claim, the investigation is absolutely the most critical part of your case.

The validity of your case may be compromised if:

  • The investigation is stalled
  • The investigation was not thorough enough
  • There is a legal loophole the defendant is able to get through

Evidence fades over time, and in a setting where time is of the essence, it’s important to make sure you act swiftly.

Information that will help you build a strong case:

  • The intoxication level of the driver who struck you
  • Injuries obtained
  • Details of the accident (how, why, where, who, when)

YOUR ACCIDENT IS NOT A STANDARD AUTO ACCIDENT

When you are involved in an accident with a driver under the influence there is a much different approach to the case. No DUI accident should ever be treated the same as a standard car accident.

The most important reason that your DUI accident needs to be handled as one is because in a traditional auto accident you may only receive a small settlement for the injuries.

If you were in an accident with a driver under the influence you may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages help provide a plaintiff with a sense of “Justice” by providing compensation for the damage done, as well as serve as a punishment to the defendant.

YOUR CASE MUST BE PRESENTED PROPERLY

It takes a certain type of person to be able to stand up in front of a judge, which is why it is so crucial for your case to get an attorney who can fight for your rights in court. There are details that need to be explained to prove to the judge that you have a right to the compensation you deserve.

At Monge & Associates, we firmly believe that no case should go uncompensated. We have worked with clients for years fighting against negligent parties for the compensation they deserve. Don’t let the negligent go without paying for their actions.

Contact us today for your case evaluation.

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