Drunk driving accidents are an unfortunately frequent occurrence. They happen in every state, in every zip code. Two-thirds of people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime, reports MADD. If you were injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, you need to find a good personal injury lawyer with experience in handling drunk driving accident claims. How can you find a good drunk driving accident attorney to handle your claim?
You do not want to make such an important decision randomly. Before you choose, make sure the lawyer you hire has these five qualities:
The lawyer who handles your drunk driving accident case should have plenty of experience handling drunk driving accident cases. Insurance companies defend drunk driving cases vigorously, so you need a lawyer who has extensive practice in these serious cases.
Drunk driving accident cases are more complex than the standard auto accident case. Having handled many drunk driving cases will provide your lawyer with the tools needed to map out the strategy for the case and the ability to adapt and respond to the tactics the other side will use.
You should also make sure they have experience in both negotiations and litigation, in case your case goes to court.
You want a lawyer with integrity handling your case. Few things will decrease the settlement value of your case more quickly than having a lawyer with a bad reputation.
The insurance company has very little to lose in that situation, so it has little motivation to be cooperative and to offer you a fair settlement. To protect your legal right to receive just compensation for your injuries and damages, you need a lawyer with a reputation for the highest level of integrity.
This goes hand-in-hand with experience. Drunk driving accident cases are complicated. Your lawyer will need to know what kinds of evidence to obtain to prove your case. These can include:
- Law enforcement reports and records: the accident police report, field sobriety test report, blood alcohol test results, and any follow-up or supplemental law enforcement reports and records
- Medical records: the emergency room records, medical test results, your treating physician records, medical specialist records, treatment, and therapy notes and reports
- Property damage records: to establish the dollar amount of the damage to your vehicle and contents
- Eyewitness testimony: can be critical to establish the behavior of the drunk driver before and after the accident
- Accident reconstruction evidence: often used in cases involving catastrophic injuries to help prove exactly how the accident caused the injuries
If a prospective lawyer does not know the evidence necessary to prove fault and win your case, move onto the next one.
Your lawyer will need to be a fighter, to champion your cause with the insurance company, and to not give up until you get the compensation you deserve.
Your drunk driving accident lawyer must be prepared to do battle, because the insurance company will not willingly give you what you deserve.
Even if your lawyer knows everything there is to know about drunk driving accident claims, none of that matters if you can never get ahold of them.
When you go in for your first consultation with a prospective lawyer, ask them what the best way to get in touch with them will be. How often will they update you on your case? Will you be in touch with them the entire process or will you dealing primarily with a paralegal?
Where can I find a drunk driving accident attorney with these qualities?
You want a responsive lawyer who has experience, integrity, and knowledge and is a fighter.
The drunk driving accident attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., LPA have vast experience handling these serious cases. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients who have been injured in car accident cases.
The integrity and reputation of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., LPA are second to none. We have over 300 years of combined experience. Our lawyers have received recognition from Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers. We are accessible and approachable, and we will treat you with respect and compassion.
We know how to handle personal injury cases across a wide spectrum of fact patterns and scenarios. And we bring that knowledge to every case we handle. We do not rest until we have gotten you the compensation you deserve.
We are a firm of champions, of tireless, tenacious fighters who come to work every day to do what is most important — help our clients. Nothing gives us more satisfaction than winning the battle for our deserving clients. We have gotten in the ring with more insurance companies than most people have ever heard of. And we do not quit until the job is done.
Let Us Help You
If you have been injured in a drunk driving case, you may have many questions. Who will pay your medical bills? What will happen to your family if you cannot go back to work? What will your future look like?
The drunk driving accident lawyers at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., LPA will evaluate your drunk driving accident case and explain your options. Call us today at 419-843-6663 for your free consultation.