Americans are well aware that drunk driving is an incredibly dangerous (and illegal) activity. After all, you can turn on the news any day of the week to observe the tragic consequences of a drunk driving accident. In a report completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 3,000 Alabamans were killed by drunk drivers in the nine years between 2003 and 2012. Likewise, Safewise, an independent security review site, has confirmed that Alabama ranks as the fifth-worst state in the country when it comes to drunk driving accidents. The sheer number of intoxicated drivers utilizing our roads and highways puts other innocent and law-abiding motor vehicle operators in an incredibly dangerous position.
Drunk driving accidents frequently result in catastrophic injuries and expensive emergency room visits. As your medical bills and other injury-related expenses start piling up, it’s important to quickly retain the services of an experienced and qualified legal representative. At Elizabeth A. Citrin, P.C., we recognize that a severe accident injury can devastate your finances and harm your personal and professional life. Our Daphne vehicle accident lawyer can help you recover compensation that alleviates your debts and enables your physical recovery.
Contact Attorney Elizabeth A. Citrin at (251) 202-3374 if you’re ready to pursue damages. We can guide you through each step of this nuanced legal process.
Securing Compensation After a Drunk Driving Accident
If you’ve been injured in a collision involving a drunk driver, it’s critical that you report the accident and seek immediate medical attention. Even if you appear fine, it’s essential to have a trained medical professional check your body for potential injuries. After all, a doctor is trained to identify the early signs and symptoms of serious medical conditions that may develop over time. Unfortunately, if you fail to see a doctor within seven days of the accident, the defendant’s insurance company may try to argue that your injuries aren’t serious and warrant fewer damages.
Attorney Elizabeth A. Citrin has a comprehensive knowledge of state and federal traffic and drunk driving laws. She also knows the various ways an insurance company adjuster may try to undermine your personal injury claim.
An accident victim can sustain the following injuries after a drunk driving collision:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Neck sprains
- Broken bones
By listening to your story and researching your case, we can develop a customized litigation strategy that aims to maximize your compensation potential. We know that a severe accident injury can put a strain on your financial situation, which, in turn, impacts your quality of living. We want to help you recover damages that account for your past and future medical expenses, ongoing rehabilitative services, lost wages, any case-specific non-economic damages, and more.
The Statute of Limitations
The Code of Alabama section 6-2-38 states that a civil lawsuit against a drunk driver must be filed within 2 years from the date of the accident. If your claim isn’t filed within this time period, the court may refuse to hear your case, or the defendant will request a case dismissal based on the statute of limitations. Either way, your right to damages will be lost. Of course, there are exceptions and nuances to this law, so it’s important to discuss your case with a qualified legal representative.
Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Vehicle Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been harmed by the choices of an intoxicated driver, call the Daphe vehicle accident attorney at Elizabeth A. Citrin, P.C. Our lawyer has the skills, experience, and resources to effectively manage the legal aspects of your case. Whether your case is settled out of court or requires innovative courtroom litigation, you can rely on Elizabeth A. Citrin to secure a positive case outcome on your behalf.
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