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BIG AUTO attorneys have won MILLIONS for their clients

Despite nationwide educational campaigns, police checkpoints and some of the strictest laws on the books, drunk driving is still a very serious problem across the United States.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 30 people lose their lives every day in drunk driving related crashes. The total number of drunk driving fatal traffic accidents is up 14% since 2019, and these numbers show no signs of decreasing.

If you have been affected by a drunk driving accident, you know how devastating it can be. Statistics can’t convey the emotional, physical and financial loss that individuals and families endure after a serious drunk driving accident.

A Big Auto Accident Attorney with experience in drunk driving accidents can help you and your family recover from the devastating effects of an accident that was no fault of your own. Drunk driving accidents are the direct result of another driver’s reckless and negligent actions and you should not be left carrying the financial burden alone.

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    Alcohol and Driving:
    A Dangerous Combination

    The effects of alcohol on the brain have been extensively studied and found to have a major negative impact on a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This knowledge has led to the passing of laws in all 50 states that make it illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol.

    The amount of alcohol in a person’s blood is called their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), and it is illegal in all states to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or higher. Utah has gone a step further in protecting innocent drivers by passing a BAC limit of .05.

    Alcohol has such a dramatic impact on the brain that even if a driver is within the legal limit, their risk of being involved in an accident is greatly increased. The NHTSA reports that in 2020, over 2000 people died in wrecks caused by a driver with a BAC below the legal limit.

    Regardless of whether or not a driver is over the legal limit, if consuming alcohol in any amount is a contributing factor in an accident, the driver may still be held responsible for the damages. Actions leading to an accident don’t have to be illegal to be considered negligent and reckless.

    To learn more about your rights after an accident, call us today at 1 (844) BIG-AUTO

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    Can I Seek Compensation If There Are Criminal Charges?

    Yes. In most cases, drunk drivers are arrested and charged criminally. If they are found guilty of drunk driving they face consequences such as jail time, fines, loss of driving privileges etc. These penalties however, are focused on punishing the driver, not on compensating the victim.


    As part of the criminal proceedings, the offender may be required to pay “victim restitution” which, if paid, may cover some or most of the economic damages. However, victim restitution does not preclude you from seeking further compensation through a personal injury claim for other damages that are not ordered and other types of damages including non-economic.


    It is important to note that what the judge orders as victim restitution must be excluded from your civil suit. You can only be compensated once for the same damages. For example, if the offender is ordered to pay you for your lost wages, you cannot then seek compensation for lost wages in your civil claim.

    Common Damages Awarded Victims of Drunk Driving

    Compensation amounts for victims of drunk driving are dependent on the severity of the accident and its long-term impacts. A drunk driving accident lawyer will be able to evaluate your case and give you a well-educated opinion or estimate on what your claim might be worth. Remember, if you are receiving victim restitution, you cannot include those items in your claim.


    In general, drunk driving accident compensation includes but is not limited to the following economic damages:

    • Medical Expenses: Ambulance, Surgery, Hospital Stays, Lab Fees, Anesthesia, Home Health Care, Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Prescriptions etc.
    • Durable Medical Goods: Wheelchairs, Crutches, Splints, Bandages etc.
    • Lost Income: Salary, Wages, Retirement Contributions
    • Future Medical Care: Daily Living Assistance, Home Modifications, Rehabilitation and continuing Physical Therapy.
    • Future Lost Wages: Future Salary Losses and Lost Income directly related to the accident.


    Non-economic damages that are usually not included in victim restitution but can be recovered through a civil claim include:

    • Pain from the accident and recovery
    • Suffering from injuries
    • Mental anguish
    • Disability
    • Disfigurement


    In the tragic event that an accident causes the loss of a loved one, the victim’s family may be entitled to additional damages called “Wrongful Death Damages.” A drunk driving accident lawyer is a critical advocate for families who have lost a loved one.

    Can I Settle My Claim Without An Attorney?

    You are not required to have a lawyer to file a drunk driving accident personal injury claim, however, it may be in your best interest to do so. A successful accident claim is dependent on many factors and is made up of many moving parts. One mistake in filing, a missed deadline, or a claim lacking sufficient evidence can result in you missing out on the fair compensation you deserve.


    Having a lawyer handle your claim can help you avoid costly mistakes, annoying delays, and even more time off work. A lawyer allows you to focus your energy on healing and putting the pieces of your life back together, while they do what they are trained to do, protect your rights and best interests.


    Along with the mental relief and reduced stress hiring an attorney can bring, there are also studies that show a more tangible benefit. A study by the Insurance Research Council reports that accident victims who hire an attorney to handle their case may be awarded a settlement 3 ½ times greater than someone without the help of an attorney.

    How Can A Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Help Me?

    Hiring a lawyer to work on your claim can be the first step to you being awarded the compensation you deserve for your losses. Every accident claim is different and is handled according to the needs of the victim.


    Lawyers often provide victims the following as needed:

    • Case Evaluation: This initial meeting is typically provided for free and allows you to explain your situation, ask questions and receive a recommendation on what your next step should be. If, after the evaluation, it is determined that it is not in your best interests to proceed, you are under no obligation to do so.
    • Investigation: Your team will look into the details of your case to ensure they have all the facts.
    • Evidence Collection: All evidence that proves negligence on the offenders behalf and justifies the amount you are seeking will be compiled and presented.
    • Insurance Negotiation: Your lawyer will protect you from low-ball offers made by insurance companies hoping to settle quickly and for less than you deserve. Your lawyer looks out for you and what is in your best interests. Lawyers aren’t intimidated by fast-talking insurance adjusters.
    • Court Representation: If a fair settlement can’t be reached and it is in your best interest, your lawyer will file a lawsuit and represent you in all aspects of a trial.


    *Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay unless they win your case.

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