Hit by a drunk driver in Washington DC? Contact a drunk driving accident lawyer at Regan Zambri Long for a free case review.
Were you hit by a drunk driver in Washington, DC? Often, a drunk driving accident results in substantial injuries, causing immense pain and suffering for the victim as well as considerable financial challenges.
What should you do next? How can you protect yourself and your finances in the aftermath of a severe accident?
Unfortunately, drunk drivers may abound on Washington, DC streets. Around 30% of the fatal accidents in Washington, DC each year involve drugs and/or alcohol. Worse, a DUI arrest occurs approximately every 38 minutes in the DC region. If you suffered serious injuries in a drunk driving accident in Washington, DC, having an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer on your side can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call or email the car accident injury team at Regan Zambri Long today for a free consultation.
The Dangers of Drunk Driving Accidents in Washington, DC
Drunk drivers can engage in a number of dangerous behaviors, increasing the risk of an accident for others around them.
In fact, even at a low level of inebriation, drivers may start to exercise poor judgment and make dangerous decisions: pulling across multiple lanes of traffic to speeding, slamming on the brakes, as well as driving erratically. All of which may make it difficult for other drivers to predict their next actions or to avoid them on the road. Drunk drivers may also suffer from slowed reflexes. This can make it more difficult for them to react if they end up in a dangerous scenario. Additionally, at high levels of inebriation, drivers may struggle to see clearly. They may suffer from tunnel vision or blurred vision. Both of which can make it unsafe to operate a motor vehicle.
All of those factors combine to create an extremely serious or even fatal crash. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is reckless and negligent. When a drunk driver causes an accident and injures someone else as a result, they must be held accountable for their actions. A drunk driving accident lawyer at Regan Zambri Long can help ensure that the at-fault party pays for the harm you have suffered as a result of their recklessness.
Washington, DC Drunk Driving Accidents: Know Your Rights
If you suffered serious injury as a result of a drunk driver’s dangerous actions, you deserve compensation for your injuries. The experienced attorneys at Regan Zambri Long can help you better understand your legal rights, including your right to compensation. Connect with:
- Patrick M. Regan
- Salvatore J. Zambri
- Victor E. Long
- Paul J. Cornoni
- Jacqueline Colclough
- Amy S. Griggs
- Christopher J. Regan
- Emily C. Lagan
- Laurie A. Amell
Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with a wide range of personal injury claims, including drunk driving car accident claims.
Your rights after a drunk driving accident are very similar to your rights after any type of car accident. The leading attorneys at Regan Zambri Long can help you take a look at those rights.
How much compensation are you owed after a drunk driving accident in Washington, DC?
Compensation for injuries sustained in a drunk driving accident usually falls into several clear categories.
Compensation for the cost of medical treatment.
Drunk drivers do not pay their victims’ medical bills directly. Instead, the driver’s insurance company may bear liability for providing compensation for the victim’s medical expenses. Drunk driving accidents often cause more severe injuries than other types of car accidents. Since drinking and driving can interfere substantially with the driver’s response times and make it more difficult for the drunk driver to control his vehicle, which may result in greater force in the accident. Every day, around 29 people in the United States die in drunk driving accidents. Others may suffer severe injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, as well as the loss of a limb.
Even if you suffered more minor injuries, including broken bones, however, you may still have a long road to recovery ahead of you. Drunk driving accident bills can add up fast, including the cost of:
- Emergency room treatment
- Surgery to treat your injuries
- Durable medical equipment to help you get around
- Long hospital stays or stays in a rehabilitation facility
- Physical and occupational therapy to help you learn how to cope with your new limitations. Or regain as much strength and flexibility as you can after your accident
Keep track of all medical bills related to your drunk driving accident.
Compensation for your lost wages as a result of drunk driving accident injuries.
The severe injuries often associated with a drunk driving accident can make it difficult for victims to get back to work immediately. If you have multiple broken bones, you may need help getting around and taking care of basic self-care tasks after the accident. Much less managing your usual work responsibilities. If you suffer more serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury or amputation, it may take a long time before you can get back to work. Those lost wages, especially during a period when you may already have multiple medical bills to contend with, can cause immense financial hardship. As part of your personal injury claim after a drunk driving accident, you may have grounds to claim compensation for those lost wages.
Compensation for pain and suffering related to your drunk driving accident injuries.
In addition to your tangible financial losses, you may have the right to claim compensation for pain and suffering related to your drunk driving accident. An attorney can help you understand how your nontangible losses, including the physical pain you may suffer, emotional anguish related to your injuries or limitations, as well as the losses you face due to your drunk driving accident can factor into your personal injury claim.
Will You Receive Punitive Damages After a Drunk Driving Accident?
Most of the time, when a drunk driver causes an accident, the drunk driver’s insurance will pay out the compensation you deserve as part of a personal injury claim. Punitive damages, however, get paid directly by the drunk driver. In DC, most drunk driving accident victims do not receive punitive damages as part of their personal injury claims. Maryland law, in general, does not allow for punitive damages due to the negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Virginia law, on the other hand, may assign punitive damages to a drunk driver.
Hit by a Drunk Driver in Washington, DC? Regan Zambri Long Can Help
If you suffered serious injuries in a drunk driving accident, Regan Zambri Long can help you understand how much compensation you deserve. We also help our clients aggressively seek the compensation they deserve. In the past, we have helped other clients pursue highly successful claims related to drunk driving accidents, including:
- $5 million awarded to the family of a student who died after being struck by a drunk driver
- $5,042,164 awarded to the family of a man and his son who were killed by a drunk driver
We have also helped many car accident victims obtain successful resolutions to their personal injury claims. Check out our extensive case results. Learn more about our past cases and how we have aided our clients in seeking the compensation they deserve. Note that these results do not guarantee the results you will receive for your drunk driving accident claim. The experienced, committed team of attorneys at Regan Zambri Long aims to help each client achieve the best possible resolution for their claim. We:
Help Our Clients Understand the Compensation They Deserve
Do you know how much compensation you really deserve from your drunk driving accident? All too often, insurance companies will try to take advantage of people who do not understand their legal rights, and do not know how much compensation they should really expect after a drunk driving accident. In fact, they may get in touch with you shortly after your accident to offer you what sounds like a great settlement. Take it, however, and you may later discover that you should have received far more compensation for your injuries or your losses.
At Regan Zambri Long, we work to provide our clients with a solid understanding of the compensation they deserve. When you connect with the insurance company that covers the drunk driver, you should know your rights. And we work hard with our clients to provide them with that critical knowledge.
Manage Negotiations on Behalf of Our Clients
Dealing with an insurance company over a drunk driving accident settlement can leave anyone feeling stressed, out of sorts, and ready to give up. Fortunately, you do not have to handle those negotiations on your own. At Regan Zambri Long, we can take over negotiations with the insurance company on behalf of our clients. This can free you up to focus on your recovery instead of worrying about unnecessary pressure from the insurance company.
Investigate Our Clients’ Claims
Not only can insurance companies try to convince you that you deserve a lower settlement than initially anticipated. But they may also try to reduce their financial liability by attempting to show that you, rather than the drunk driver, caused your accident. The insurance company may even try to simply prove that you contributed to the accident. This could leave you liable for your own damages. According to D.C’s contributory negligence law, you may not have the right to recover full damages for your injuries if you contributed substantially to the drunk driving accident, in spite of the other driver’s clear act of negligence.
At Regan Zambri Long, we carefully investigate our clients’ claims to determine all factors that may have contributed to the accident and how much compensation you really deserve. We will help uncover the real cause of your accident and help our clients maximize the compensation they can seek through the other driver’s insurance company. In addition, we will investigate as well as help document the full extent of your injuries and the limitations stemming from your accident. Making it easier to determine the compensation you should expect as a result of those injuries.
Represent Our Clients in Court
Most drunk driving accident claims settle out of court. Insurance companies know that going to court can substantially increase their legal fees, and the time their team has to spend dealing with a drunk driving accident claim. So they try to settle out of court whenever possible. In some cases, however, you may need to go to court. Especially if you need to prove that you did not cause your accident or that your injuries impose much more severe limitations than the other driver’s insurance company claims. The car accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long are ready to represent our clients in court if necessary, from delivering a clear case that will establish the compensation our clients deserve to determinedly pursuing the compensation our clients deserve.
Do You Need a Washington, DC Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer?
If you suffered serious injuries in a Washington, DC drunk driving accident, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can prove crucial in helping you seek as well as acquire the compensation you deserve for your losses. Contact Regan Zambri Long today to learn more about your right to compensation after a drunk driving accident.