Auto Accidents Caused By Drunk Drivers Require Skilled Representation
It’s easy to think that a car accident caused by a drunk driver is much like any other negligence accident. But there are many differences. Car wrecks caused by a drunk driver can have critical factual and legal differences.
Factually, there is a lot more investigation that must be done. There are more facts to gather. There are more witnesses, including witnesses who may be part of the criminal DWI case against the drunk driver. There will be additional DWI investigative reports from the responding police department.
There may also be lapel video, booking photos and booking sheet, which are part of the criminal case but will help meaningfully in the civil claim. There will be records and documents, which are part of the criminal case file but will provide valuable information when it comes time to present the insurance claim to the liability carrier or uninsured/underinsured motorist carrier.
Punitive Damages In A Drunk Driving Accident Claim
Legally, the drunk driving element can require additional evidence to prove. That means you are entitled to seek punitive damages against the insurance companies involved, including your own.
Punitive damages are awarded for the limited purposes of punishment and to deter others from the commission of like offenses. The amount of punitive damages must be based on reason and justice taking into account all the circumstances, including the nature of the wrong and such aggravating and mitigating circumstances as may be shown.
The amount awarded, if any, must be reasonably related to the injury and to any damages given as compensation and not disproportionate to the circumstances.
Help From A Skilled Attorney
Attorney Matt Vance at Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C., in Albuquerque, knows drunk driving accident cases. He has a thorough understanding of the law and what’s needed to win a successful case.
Unlike attorneys at large law firms, Matt Vance works side by side with his client during every stage of the process. If you have a question, he is the one you will talk to. From negotiations with insurance companies to litigating your case in court, Matt will be the one advocating for you.
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