If you have been in a car crash, you are likely in pain, mentally and physically exhausted, traumatized, stressed, and overwhelmed. However, these feelings can be even worse when the driver who caused your crash is intoxicated or on drugs. While you may think that these cases are easy to win, or that it is obvious the drugged driver caused the accident, these cases can actually be very complex and challenging.
Therefore, you may need a drugged driving accident lawyer by your side, ensuring that you get the legal help and the compensation amount that you deserve. Here are seven reasons why you want an attorney in a drugged driving case:
1. Your lawyer will conduct their own investigation and determine the responsible parties.
You may be under the impression that the drugged driver is automatically at fault. However, you must show proof that they were intoxicated and directly caused your accident. If you choose to work with a lawyer, they will conduct their own investigation to make sure that the other party can be found liable for the accident. This investigation is also beneficial as there could possibly be other parties who are liable for your accident, such as other vehicles involved, the person who gave the individual drugs, etc.
2. Your attorney will help you collect convincing evidence.
Convincing evidence is a must-have in a drugged driving accident case. Your attorney will help you find the appropriate evidence to support your side of the story. Some of the evidence pieces that you and your attorney will work together to collect may include photos, video footage, police reports, eyewitness testimonies, expert witness statements, drug tests, and more. You will want to ensure that you gather evidence that convinces the insurance company or judge that the driver was on drugs and caused your accident and injuries.
3. You may be offered less than what you deserve by the drugged driver’s insurance company.
Insurance companies will frequently try to get you to take less than you deserve. The reason for this is because they want to make sure that they get away with paying the least amount possible for your damages. Therefore, they will present you with a low-ball offer in hopes that you will take it. The insurance company knows that you are under intense stress and pressure with your medical bills piling up, so they will try to convince you that it is the best possible offer that you will get. However, your lawyer will look over your offer and tell you right away whether it is fair or not. Without a lawyer’s help and guidance, you may be offered less than what you deserve by the drugged driver’s insurance company.
4. The impaired driver may not have insurance at all.
There is always the unfortunate situation of the drugged driver not having insurance at all. This is one of the worst-case scenarios where many people do not know what to do or where to turn when they encounter it. The reason for this is because most of the time the uninsured driver is unable to pay for the vehicle damage or injuries that they caused. However, your attorney may be able to go over other options with you, such as looking into your own insurance policy or filing a claim against your own insurance company. While this might be your best option, you must be prepared that your own insurance company could also try to give you a low-ball offer as well.
5. You may be unsure of how the legal process works and when you should settle.
The legal process can be complicated to navigate, especially for those who have never been involved in an accident. You may be unsure of how the legal process works, unaware of what specific legal terms mean, or even when you should settle. It is crucial to know and understand this information, or you may not get what you are owed. Your lawyer will explain the legal process, guide you through every step, go over anything that you have questions or concerns about, and determine when you should settle. The last thing you want to do is make a mistake or error and put your case in jeopardy.
6. Your attorney will help you fight for the highest amount of compensation possible.
Drugged drivers have slow reactions, become drowsy and dizzy, and are unable to solve problems and make good judgments. As a result, drugged drivers may drive recklessly, carelessly, and even aggressively, resulting in traumatic and devastating accidents that affect the lives and well-being of those sharing the roads with them.
The aftermath of these accidents usually consists of expensive medical bills, lost income, severe property damage, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation costs. Therefore, you need an attorney who will help you receive the highest amount of compensation possible that you can use to cover your losses and rebuild your life again.
7. There may be other legal options and resources that may be available to you.
Sometimes, settlements from insurance companies do not provide enough money for drugged driving accident victims to pay for their damages and get back on their feet. If this is the case for you, you may need a lawyer who can provide you with resources and go over other legal options that may work for you. For example, they may recommend that you file a lawsuit against the drugged driver. This will help you receive more compensation, which may be able to help you pay for your losses if an insurance settlement is not enough or cannot be agreed upon.
The Oklahoma City drugged driving accident lawyers at Cunningham & Mears know and understand the impact that drugged driving accidents have on victims and their families. We are aware of the fact that you are going through a difficult time right now, which is why we are here to lend a helping hand and ensure that you do not have to handle everything alone. Instead of dealing with the obstacles and hurdles that come with a legal case, you can give your focus and attention to recovering and healing from your injuries. All you have to do is call or fill out our contact form, and we will schedule your free consultation to begin discussing with one of our team members today.
Ryan Y. Cunningham is a founding partner of Cunningham & Mears. Mr. Cunningham devotes his practice to protecting the rights of injured Oklahoma residents. In addition to assisting injured clients, Mr. Cunningham endeavors to improve personal injury representation by speaking on issues related to personal injury law to attorneys in continuing legal education courses and to law students. Learn More