Injured by a Drunk Driver? Contact Us
At the Johnston Law Firm, we believe that drunk drivers should be held liable for all of the pain, suffering, and financial losses that they cause in accidents. With the help of an experienced drunk driving attorney, you can obtain the full amount of compensation possible in your case and find a sense of justice. Call our firm at (503) 546-3167 today and schedule a free consultation with an experienced accident lawyer.
Insurance Claims Against Drunk Drivers
- Medical expenses;
- Property damages; and
- Pain and suffering, in some cases.
To collect from the other driver’s insurance carrier, they will need to be covered through liability insurance, with no exclusion clauses pertaining to coverage for accidents related to DUI or DWI charges. If the other driver isn’t covered, or if they don’t have insurance, you may be able to collect through your underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage.
Of course, when dealing with an insurance company, be aware that their main concern is not the damages you’ve suffered as a result of the accident; it’s saving themselves money. Before accepting any insurance offer, your best bet is to consult with an attorney who can make sure you are getting the justice you deserve.
Lawsuits Against Drunk Drivers
Oregon is not a no-fault Insurance state, meaning that if you are involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you are free to pursue seeking damages from the at-fault driver in court. Oregon State Statutes, Sections 31.700-31.735 detail the types of damages that may be sought from drunk drivers. Under the theory of negligence, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries for the following damages:
- Economic damages, including medical expenses and lost wages;
- Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, future medical expenses, and loss of potential job earnings or diminished capacity to enjoy life due to your injuries; and
- Punitive damages, which are meant to punish the negligent party.
Punitive damages are often difficult to obtain, but worth pursuing. Lawsuits for punitive damages in drunk driving cases may be able to be filed both against the driver, as well as any person or place guilty of over-serving the driver, or failing to prevent the drunk driver from getting behind the wheel. These lawsuits can run into millions of dollars.
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