Can I Sue a Drunk Driver After Being Hurt in a Car Accident?

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car accident After a drunk driver car accident, you could collect compensation to cover your injuries, losses, and other damages. When you are entitled to recover compensation, you can settle with the at-fault driver or their insurance company or choose to sue. In some cases, you may be able to sue others based on dram shop laws.

Why You Should Retain a Car Accident Attorney

Settling or litigating a car accident case, especially one that involves a drunk driver, can be complex, especially if your injuries are severe or catastrophic or the drunk driving accident took the life of a loved one.

You must be able to show the at-fault driver was negligent. Once you prove that, you can negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If New York’s Dram Shop laws allow you to sue other individuals or businesses, you must also prove that the person or business knew the at-fault driver was already drunk but served them anyway.

If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair and reasonable settlement, you may have to take your case to court.

Working With Insurance Companies

If the at-fault driver was insured, the quickest way to recover compensation is through a settlement, as court cases can take months or even years to resolve. However, negotiating with the insurance company takes work, especially since they will do everything possible to return the blame to you.

Our car accident attorneys at Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, are used to dealing with insurance companies and the tricks they play. Yes, they will try anything to deny your case or, barring that, offer you the least amount possible to make you give up. They often use what you say against you, ignore your calls, or keep offering a pittance, hoping you will just give up.

When you retain an attorney to help you, insurance companies know you are more likely to sue, which could mean they have to pay even more than the amount you might have settled for.

Schedule a Consultation in Fishkill, NY

If you are interested in exploring the legal options you have following a drunk driving accident, our team at Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, is ready to help. We have extensive experience assisting individuals in Fishkill and the surrounding areas in New York to get justice after being harmed in accidents due to the actions of others. To find out more about filing a car accident claim against a drunk driver, schedule a consultation with our team by calling 845-896-5295.

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