A DUI Accident Lawyer Can Help
Accidents involving DUI (driving under the influence) can have a life-changing impact on victims. Our experienced attorneys can establish negligence and secure the full compensation you deserve so you can begin healing. If you or someone you love was involved in a motor vehicle accident as a result of a drunk driver's recklessness, we encourage you to consult with a DUI accident lawyer from our Daytona, FL, law firm. Our team has a wealth of experience handling these types of cases and can advise you of your rights and recommend a course of action. To schedule a consultation, contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau today.
Conducting an Investigation and Establishing Negligence
All motorists have a responsibility towards other drivers on the road. It is important to remember that driving is a privilege, not a right, and there is a strict standard of behavior and duty which motorists are expected to follow. This includes obeying all traffic laws, driving in a generally safe and reasonable manner, driving for the conditions, and driving only when sober and cognizant of one's surroundings. If a motorist drives while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it can greatly impair his or her ability to react to external hazards or maintain control over the vehicle. If it can be shown that an accident involved an individual who was driving under the influence, negligence can easily be established.
The team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau have extensive experience investigating motor vehicle accidents, and can leverage this experience to establish liability in your case. Working with accident reconstruction experts, forensics experts, local law enforcement officials, and witnesses, our team can accurately reconstruct the accident to determine the cause. If a motorist was driving under the influence of alcohol, then he or she can be held liable for damages. Rest assured, we will work diligently to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that the negligent party is held responsible for their actions.
We pride ourselves on being large enough to serve you professionally, yet small enough to know you personally. We are here to help.
Filing a Claim for Damages
Once negligence has been established, our team will work to determine the full extent of your losses. As a victim, you are entitled to damages, which are monies awarded for financial, physical, and mental loss stemming from an accident. Though no two cases are the same, you may be able to recover damages for:
Pain and Suffering
Not all damages are awarded for strictly quantitative losses. If you were severely injured or a loved one suffered a wrongful death as a result of a DUI accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium. We will do everything that we can to help you recover for qualitative losses as well as financial loss.
Any related medical expenses stemming from your accident should be reimbursed by the defendant or his or her insurance company. This can include previous medical expenses and expenses for future related care.
If your injury or your loved one's injury will require extensive and ongoing rehabilitation, then these medical costs should be covered as well. If this describes your situation, you can trust that we will commit ourselves to maximizing your recovery so that you can focus on what's most important – healing.
Time Off of Work
In some cases, your injuries may be so severe that you miss work. Whether you are out for a week, a month, or are permanently unable to work, we will work to recover damages that are sufficient to cover a loss of wages or loss of earning capacity. If you are permanently unable to work, these damages should cover a lifetime of lost wages.
Contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau Today
Being involved in any motor vehicle accident can be an incredibly traumatic experience. However, in many ways, being involved in a DUI accident is worse, as DUI accidents are 100 percent preventable. Driving under the influence is dangerous behavior that is not acceptable or conducive to the public good. Let us hold the negligent party accountable and help you on your road to recovery. Schedule a consultation today.
*Centers for Disease Control. "Vital Signs: Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among Adults - United States, 2010." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. October 4, 2011.