Vancouver DUI Attorney Loren Etengoff
Drunk driving is a serious problem, but there is some good news; the number of incidents in Washington involving drunk drivers has decreased. Nonetheless, however, Vancouver DUI attorneys citing a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) survey report that drunk driving was involved in 37 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state in 2010.
Drunk Drivers Face Criminal Charges
The potential criminal penalties upon a conviction are not to be minimized, yet the criminal sanctions do nothing to address the injuries caused to the other driver or passengers involved in a drunk driver accident. It is important to retain Vancouver DUI attorneys who understand the interplay between the criminal case and the civil personal injury action that is brought.
Proving liability is essential for the personal injury case, and a criminal conviction may provide leverage for a larger civil damage award. Having an expert Vancouver DUI attorney on your DUI team is essential towards accomplishing this important hurdle.
Although the criminal case proceeds on a separate path, the facts and circumstances must be independently investigated by experienced Vancouver DUI lawyers. Not only is it a mistake to assume a criminal conviction will result, a criminal case and a civil case have different standards of proof. It is entirely possible to be found not guilty criminally but negligently liable for the accident in the civil matter.
Damages and Insurance Companies
Drunk driver accidents can result in serious injuries to the other driver and passengers and extensive property loss. All past and future medical bills are recoverable, as well as lost wages and future income. Not only may the owner of a motor vehicle collect for damages to the vehicle, loss of items within the vehicle is also compensable. An insurance adjuster’s job is to settle cases quickly and for as low an amount as possible. It is important not to try and negotiate your personal injury claim with an adjuster on your own. It is not in your best interest.
Contact a Vancouver DUI Attorney for Legal Advice
A DUI accident has a special set of circumstances involved. These require the advanced knowledge and understanding of the law that only expert Vancouver DUI lawyers can provide. Understand and protect your rights by calling the Law Office of Loren Scott Etengoff at (360) 693-2919.