Drunk people can be the most dangerous drivers on the road. While there are huge legal efforts to prevent people from driving while intoxicated, drunk driving continues to happen. Tragically, many innocent people are fatally or seriously injured as a result.
If you were involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, it’s likely that you have experienced a wide range of emotions relating to the accident. It is understandable if you feel a lot of anger toward the driver for causing the immense amount of suffering that you have gone through.
While you may feel helpless and frustrated about your situation, it is important that you learn about your legal options. Not only may a legal action help to keep this drunk driver from hurting others, it may also help compensate you for your losses — pain, finances, numerous medical appointments.
Don’t believe everything your insurance carrier says
Your insurance will try to get you to settle your claim for less than you deserve. Be wary of settling early, regardless of how generous you think their offer is. Insurance companies are not on your side. They will try to pressure you to settle early so that the payout is as low as possible.
If your injuries are long-term, you may have underestimated the full extent of the damages and the pain and suffering you may experience in the future. This is one of the reasons why settling early may mean that you miss out on getting the compensation that you are truly entitled to.
Your insurance company will be asked to sign a release of liability form if you agree to a settlement. This will mean that you will not be able to make any further claims regarding the accident, even if your condition worsens.
Don’t try to settle your claim on your own. Get the guidance you need for your sake and for the sake of others.