Are You the Victim of a Drunk Driving Crash? You’re Not Alone
Drunk driving cases are in the news every night. All too often, celebrities, politicians, athletes and regular people get behind the wheel when they’re impaired. And people just like you and me suffer as a consequence of their bad decisions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that impaired driving kills every 30 minutes. If you have been severely injured or a family member has been killed because of a senseless drunk driving accident, you are not alone.
Virginia Drunk Driving Laws: What You Need to Know
Unfortunately, many of these injuries and deaths occur right here in Virginia. So Virginia has enacted laws to help the victims of drunk or intoxicated drivers. In a regular personal injury case, the victim is typically only entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
In a DUI or drunk driving case, the Virginia legislature has enacted a state law that allows victims to sue for and obtain punitive damages if the victim can prove three things:
- The drunk driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 percent or more by weight and volume.
- The driver knew at the time of the accident that their ability to drive a vehicle was or would be impaired if they became intoxicated.
- The driver’s intoxication caused the victim’s injury or death.
As you might imagine, these three things are not easy to prove. You can bet the drunk driver will hire skillful counsel to get them out of their DUI conviction and fight any lawsuits brought against them.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
You were the victim of a horrible, preventable accident. And you deserve to recover compensation for your mental and physical injuries. That’s why a thorough and timely investigation is necessary. Because your injuries can last for a long time, you want to be sure that you’re taken care of not only in the present, but also in the future.
No matter who you hire, it’s important to make sure the attorney you hire has experience in successfully dealing with DUI civil cases.
Attorney Paul Thomson: Helping DUI Victims Since 1995
Your life has been disrupted through no fault of your own. Sadly, this is a common occurrence. I know because I have worked with dozens of victims just like you. I am attorney Paul Thomson and I’ve been successfully resolving cases for victims of drunk drivers since 1995. And, I specialize in working with victims who suffer severe injuries.
My goal is to help you get justice and recover what you deserve. And, to make sure the drunk driver is properly punished so no one else gets hurt.
DUI cases are complex and the outcome can be determined by various factors. You probably have many questions and you need someone with experience in these matters to give you truthful answers.
If this sounds like you, it’s likely that you need an experienced Drunk Driving Injury Lawyer. So please call my office today at (540) 777-4900 or toll free at 1-877-471-3353. There is no pressure or cost. And, I pledge to listen carefully and will be candid. I look forward to speaking with you.