Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious problem in the United States. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that more than 1.1 million drivers were arrested in this country in 2014 alone for operating their vehicles while illegally impaired. Whether the driver is under the influence of alcohol or narcotics is not as relevant as the harm they can cause other drivers and passengers on the road.
If you have been injured as a result of a drunk driving accident, please know that an experienced Lakeland, FL car accident lawyer can play a vital role in seeking compensation for injuries caused by a drunk driver. Please contact the legal team at David & Philpot, PL without delay. An experienced Lakeland, FL DUI accident lawyer can seek justice on your behalf and potentially obtain a significant settlement from the DUI driver. We offer no cost consultations for those who were injured by intoxicated drivers. Speaking with our team will not obligate you to pursue legal action; doing so will simply help you to make an informed decision about your legal situation.
When does hiring a DUI lawyer make sense?
The DUI driver who caused the accident resulting in your injury may or may not go to prison for their offense. This is out of your control. However, you have the legal right to pursue compensation from them for your injury-related damages. If your injury is serious and may require surgery and/or lengthy time off from work, it’s especially important to have an experienced Lakeland, FL DUI accident lawyer representing you. This is because the DUI driver’s insurance company will likely deny your personal injury claim, or offer a settlement that will only cover a small portion of your damages. These are common tactics used by insurance companies because they do not want to pay out significant sums of money to accident victims.
When you have a Lakeland, FL DUI accident lawyer representing you, the insurance companies understand that if they do not pay a fair settlement, they will likely end up in court. Litigation is expensive for them, and they know that in the end, there is a very good chance they will lose in court. When this happens, not only do they have to pay for their attorney fees and the court costs, they will still end up paying a settlement. Without a lawyer, a victim is at more risk for being taken advantage of by insurance companies who use intimidation to get their way, such as claiming they will not offer a better settlement so take it or leave it. Please don’t agree to a settlement until you have spoken with our firm’s legal team.
How do I find the best DUI lawyer?
When considering to hire for representation, what constitutes “best” is subjective. The Lakeland, FL DUI accident lawyer who will be the best “fit” for you may not be the best choice for someone else. However, there are several criteria to keep in mind when choosing a DUI lawyer:
- Has the DUI lawyer handled cases similar to yours, in which a DUI driver caused substantial injuries?
- Does the DUI lawyer believe they can negotiate a settlement on your behalf that will enable you to recover your damages from the accident? This might include the costs of anticipated treatment or surgeries.
- Will the DUI lawyer charge you up front, or will they accept a percentage of the settlement, and if they cannot secure you a settlement, will they still charge you for their legal services?
If you were injured by a DUI driver, please connect with an experienced Lakeland, Florida DUI accident lawyer. Regardless of whether you choose to file a legal claim, you have earned the right to make an informed decision about all options available to you at this time.