When it comes to hazards on the roads, there are few things as dangerous as a drunk driver. They are far more likely to cause an accident because of reduced response time and diminished decision-making abilities. Together, these factors can significantly increase the odds of a collision.
If this has happened to you, Kogan & DiSalvo is here to help. We could serve as your advocate and offer the best chance of recovering the compensation you need for your losses and damages. Contact a St. Petersburg car accident lawyer for a free consultation. We are happy to assess your case and answer your questions.
The importance of hiring a DUI accident lawyer
Hiring legal counsel could significantly improve your chances of maximizing your financial recovery. It is not always easy to prove that the at fault driver is impaired. However, our team can gather evidence, including the following:
Evidence in a Drunk Driving Accident Claims
- Proof the other driver was impaired, such as police reports from the crash scene or a DUI arrest record.
- Photos or dashcam or CCTV videos of the crash scene.
- Eyewitness statements.
- Medical records.
At Kogan & DiSalvo, we also provide crucial insight into your case. For example, it may not be clear whether a settlement offer is reasonable because it might sound like the amount is sufficient. However, it may not take into consideration future medical costs, missed time at work, pain and suffering, or the cost of replacing your totaled car. We will work tirelessly to settle your case for what it is worth until the moment of trial. And if that fails, we are prepared to take your case before a judge and a jury.
Common injuries in drunk driving accidents
Drunk driving accidents can result in a wide range of physical injuries. When these injuries prove fatal, they can result in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Some of the most common examples of injuries in these cases include the following:
- Broken arms or legs
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord damage
- Cuts, bruises, and lacerations
Every case is different. A St. Petersburg drunk driving accident lawyer could evaluate the unique aspects of your accident and develop a theory of negligence as well as a fair and reasonable amount that will cover your total losses.
Will a criminal proceeding interfere with an injury lawsuit?
Your personal injury case is generally unrelated to the outcome of a criminal trial. The state will decide whether or not to charge a person with DUI, but it is your decision to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Even if the prosecution opts not to bring charges against the at fault driver, you have the right to proceed with legal action.
However, the outcome of a criminal charge could impact your lawsuit. If the other driver is found guilty of DUI, their conviction could be used as evidence of negligence in your trial. An attorney from our firm could help you navigate the civil court system and keep track of a possible criminal case.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Kogan & DiSalvo in St. Petersburg
If you were hurt in a collision with a drunk driver, you could have a viable case for compensation. Reach out to our compassionate team today for a free consultation. We understand the trauma you’ve experienced and the financial stress that often accompanies a drunk driving accident. We work on a contingency basis. This means there are no upfront legal fees. We do not take any money from you unless and until we are successful in winning your case.