Middlebury Alcohol-Related Accident Attorneys
What to Do if You’ve Been Hit by a Drunk Driver in Connecticut
If you have been involved in an accident and you believe the other driver was intoxicated, you should call the police immediately. A police report is a vital component of every alcohol-related personal injury claim. Drunk drivers who cause accidents are subject to both criminal and civil charges.
Although you would have much rather not experienced this type of horrific situation, the good news is that you may be entitled to significant compensation for the damages you have incurred due to your accident. Our Middlebury alcohol-related accident lawyers can help you file a personal injury claim against the drunk driver. We can also determine if dram shop laws apply to your case, in which you would be able to file a claim against the establishment that served the driver alcohol before the accident.
Claims Against Drunk Drivers
Our dedicated team has extensive experience holding drunk drivers accountable for their negligent actions that result in devastating injuries to other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Whether your accident involved a drunk driver driving left of center, failing to yield at a pedestrian crosswalk, running into the back of your vehicle, or colliding into you head-on, we can assist you. Even if the drunk driver evades a conviction in criminal court, our attorneys can help you collect compensation in a personal injury claim or civil lawsuit.
Dram Shop Liability
In addition to filing a claim against the drunk driver who caused your accident, you may be able to recover compensation from the bar or restaurant who served alcohol to the driver when he was already drunk. Under Connecticut’s dram shop liability laws, bartenders and waitstaff are prohibited from serving individuals who exhibit signs of intoxication.
If they ignore these signs and serve the person anyway, and the individual causes an accident, the bar or restaurant may be held liable for the damages that the accident victims incurred. This may be a good legal option for those whose losses exceed the compensation awarded in a claim against the drunk driver.
Compensation You Could Be Entitled to
Drunk driving accidents are often serious and result in severe injuries. It is important that you know your legal rights and how much compensation you deserve prior to accepting a settlement offer from the drunk driver’s insurance company.
You could be entitled to recover compensation for a range of economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
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