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One of the most irresponsible things that a person can do is decide to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Drunk driving is more than just stupid – it’s downright dangerous. In fact, drunk driving is responsible for 50 percent of roadway fatalities in Washington, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. At the offices of the Khan Injury Law PLLC, our experienced drunk driving accident lawyers can help you if you or a loved one has been involved in a crash caused by a drunk driver. For a free consultation, please call our law firm directly. We are here to help you.
When a person gets behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink, their mental and physical faculties are impaired. To be sure, drinking slows one’s reaction time, can impair memory and reason, interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, changes mood and behaviors, and disrupts coordination. As such, a driver who has had too much to drink may:
Note that drunk driving is not only dangerous but illegal. While the person who hit you while drunk may face criminal charges, criminal charges will not yield any type of monetary compensation. In order to recover monetary damages, you will need to pursue a civil action. Criminal and civil actions are entirely independent from one another.
When a drunk person gets behind the wheel of a car, they put themselves and others at risk. If a crash occurs, particularly one that happens at high speeds, injuries that may result include:
These injuries can be debilitating, painful, disabling, and expensive to treat. What’s more, serious physical injuries are often accompanied by serious psychological injuries, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The state of Washington is an at-fault state, which means that drivers who cause accidents are responsible for paying for them. As such, if you are in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you maintain the right to file a claim against the driver’s insurance, or file a lawsuit directly against the driver. Depending upon the situation and the type of insurance coverage that you carry, you may also be able to pursue compensation from your own insurance company (i.e. underinsured motorist coverage).
In order to recover the amount that you’re truly owed, you’ll need to prove that your injuries and accident would not have occurred but for the actions of the driver against whom you’re pursuing damages.
While the legal limit in Washington state is .08 percent, you do not need to prove that the driver who hit you had a blood alcohol concentration at or above this limit; instead, you’ll just need to prove that the driver acted negligently, and that the negligence was the cause of your accident. Negligence simply means failing to act with the required degree of care; speeding, performing an illegal maneuver, swerving, and more are all examples of negligent acts.
Being involved in a crash with a drunk driver, or receiving a call letting you know that your loved one is in the hospital because of a drunk driver-involved crash, is nothing short of devastating. Our lawyers realize this, and understand what you’re going through and the pain and loss you are experiencing. When you call our law firm, we can help you to hold the drunk driver accountable for their actions and responsible for the damages you’ve suffered. Our Kent drunk driving lawyers will help by:
In addition to the above, we will also advise you of your options, help you determine against whom to file a claim, represent you in all interactions with the insurance company, and file a lawsuit on your behalf if negotiations are unsuccessful.
If you have been hit by a drunk driver in Kent, Washington, you need a lawyer on your side who cares about you. At the Khan Injury Law PLLC, we have brought cases against drunk drivers in the past, and know how to hold those who are negligent and irresponsible liable for the damages they cause. More importantly, we care about our community and those in it – when you call our law firm, you can count on our attention and diligence in managing your case. If you’ve been injured, don’t wait any longer to take action. Reach out to our law firm today for a free consultation by calling us directly or sending us a message at your convenience. Our Kent drunk driving accident lawyers are ready to advocate for you.