Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research cites the effects of alcohol consumption on a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle. Drunk drivers experience a lack of judgment, muscle coordination, and self-control. These results of overconsumption of alcohol make safe driving impossible and put every driver, pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorcyclist on the road in danger.
In addition, according to CDC statistics, there are 29 alcohol-related car accidents resulting in fatalities every day. Car accidents caused by drunk driving also result in more than $44 billion in medical treatments and injury-related expenses every year.
If you or a loved one were injured or if a loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident in Tacoma, you have the basis of a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. A Tacoma drunk driving accident lawyer can help you hold the at-fault driver financially liable for the consequences of his actions. Contact the client care team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC by calling (800) 598-7557 today.
How Our Team Fights for Your Financial Recovery
You are entitled to file an insurance claim or lawsuit that compels the drunk driver who caused your car accident to compensate you for your injuries and related expenses. You can file your compensation claim on your own, but hiring a lawyer has benefits and advantages.
According to Revised Code of Washington (RCW) § 4.16.080, you generally have three years from the date of the accident to file your claim for financial recovery. Not filing your claim on time could threaten your ability to seek the compensation you deserve and could leave you with the full financial burden of the accident. When our team goes to work on your claim, you have the time you need to concentrate on your physical recovery while we concentrate on your financial recovery.
Our team does not shy away from tough cases. Instead, we fight hard to ensure you do not experience financial hardship on top of the other damage from the accident. The at-fault driver, not you or your family, should pay for the treatments your injuries require and for other expenses that stem from your injuries.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you can get the legal guidance and direction your claim deserves without paying anything out of your own pocket and nothing up front. We take our fee from the settlement we negotiate for you so you can fight for the compensation you deserve without adding to the financial burden of the accident.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving lawyer serving Tacoma, call (800) 598-7557
Create a Detailed List of Your Injuries and Their Expenses
Start building your compensation claim by keeping track of your injuries, the required treatments of your injuries, and the expenses of those treatments. A car accident can result in one or more of the following injuries and treatments:
- Whiplash or concussion can require prolonged rest and immobilization
- Broken bones can require bone setting, pain relief, or surgical correction
- Muscle strains or sprains can require rest, compression, and pain relief
- Severe head injuries can require pain management and surgical intervention
- Spinal cord injuries can require immobilization and physical rehabilitation
Not only will these injuries and treatments create medical expenses and bills, but they also create additional financial loss because they can prevent you from returning to work to support yourself and your family. Both of these expenses are the responsibility of the at-fault driver or the insurance company that represents them.
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Define Your Full Range of Recoverable Damages
You are entitled to full compensation for all of the financial expenses and losses of a car accident. RCW § 4.56.250 cites the following financial expenses and losses the at-fault driver can be compelled to pay:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Current loss of earnings
- Future loss of earnings
- Property damage
- Required in-home assistance
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Physical disability or disfigurement
Because each car accident can create its own set of expenses, you might be entitled to financial recovery that is not included on this list. Review the financial impact of the drunk driving accident you were involved in with a Tacoma drunk driving accident lawyer to ensure you do not inadvertently overlook any financial recovery you are owed and your claim is not undervalued or underpaid.
Collect Your Accident-Related Records and Reports
To ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to from an at-fault drunk driver in Tacoma, our team will build a complete and comprehensive case file. We will request the following documents and evidence to support your claim for financial compensation:
- Your crash report that identifies the date, time, and location of the accident
- Medical records that detail the injuries you suffered in the accident
- Medical bills that cite the cost of treating your injuries
You crash report will also contain the following information your lawyer will find beneficial to your compensation claim:
- Vehicle identification information
- The at-fault driver’s contact information
- Witness statements and contact information
- Investigative notes and diagrams
Let a member of our team know right away if you need assistance obtaining these items. You can also ask a supportive friend or family member for help. Once you obtain these items, keep copies for your personal records and share copies with your lawyer.
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We Can Help You Recover from a Drunk Driving Accident
You are entitled to financial compensation from the drunk driver who caused your accident. A Tacoma drunk driving accident lawyer can help you prove the cause of the accident, build a solid case for compensation, assign a value to your claim, and negotiate a favorable financial settlement. Contact the personal injury team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC by calling (800) 598-7557 to start building your claim for financial recovery today.