What's the worst thing about getting hit by a drunk driver? The pain? The anger that it was an utterly avoidable accident? The frustration that you're laid up for weeks or months, unable to go about your normal life?
All of those things may be part of the distress you feel. However, for many people in your position, the worst thing is the endless bills that keep coming through the door during their recovery. More than likely, you aren't working while you recover. However, that doesn't mean the house and car loan payments, utilities and other bills stop. If you're lucky, you may have some sick days saved up that will help keep you afloat, but many people can't count on that kind of relief.
The insurance company may pay the hospital bills. However, you may not receive fair compensation for your injuries without a battle.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 29 deaths per day attributed to drunk or drugged driving. There are far more incidents where victims are badly injured. In 2013, the last year for which figures are available, the average cost for bodily injury in a car accident exceeded $15,000. You can be that the real cost has risen in the years since.
If you were injured by a drunk or drugged driver, it's in your best interests to speak to an experienced attorney about your claim for damages. The insurance company will generally try to get you to settle for as little as possible as early as possible. An attorney can help you determine the true value of your claim and the leverage you have to make the insurance company pay what it is worth. For more information, please contact our office.