Whenever you’re involved in a serious auto collision, it’s important to note that there isn’t a guarantee that you’ll be compensated. However, if you are struck and the other driver has insurance or the means to compensate you through other methods, then you have the right to seek that compensation.
When you’re caught up in a drunk driving accident, the first thing that has to happen is for the authorities to determine fault. Drunk drivers are not always held liable for collisions. For example, if it was you who ran a red light, you may be at fault for the crash but the drunk driver would still face penalties for the DUI in criminal court.
Do you have to prove that the other driver was drunk to make a claim?
If the other driver was at fault, then proving that they were drunk could help you, but it’s not necessarily required for you to make a personal injury claim. In fact, as long as there is evidence that they were at fault, you don’t even have to participate in the criminal side of the case. You can just focus on your civil claim.
How soon can you get compensated after a crash with a drunk driver?
You may be able to get compensated quickly, but it’s best not to rush. After a crash, you need to seek medical attention. Then, you should make sure to follow any treatment plan that is assigned to you.
You should keep receipts and document your injuries. Later, you can submit those documents to the other party’s insurer to seek reimbursement and compensation.
There is a chance that the other party’s insurance provider will reach out to you to try to get you to settle your case. Remember that once you settle you will be unable to seek further compensation in most cases. It’s usually not a good idea to settle until you understand the full extent of your injuries and are sure that you have your expenses repaid. In the case that you’re offered the maximum that the insurer can provide, you still may not want to settle until you discuss your legal options to sue the at–fault driver.