Alabama Drunk Driving and Alcohol-Related Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, there are several things you should know. In recent years, drunk driving accidents resulted in over 200 fatalities per year in Alabama alone. Juries hold drunk and impaired drivers significantly more accountable in civil cases than other drivers whose traffic infractions led to an accident. That means the juries generally award higher verdicts in drunk driving cases.
The insurance company may want to settle with you early so you do not maximize your recovery by hiring a lawyer. We believe that first speaking with an attorney to evaluate your case will help you in the long run and will allow you to have peace of mind that you aren’t being taken advantage of when you are negotiating with experienced insurance adjusters.
Many times, drunk drivers are not well insured, but there can be other ways to identify and trigger additional insurance coverage.
For example, the drunk driver may have been drinking at a restaurant, bar or other establishment. If the drunk driver became visibly intoxicated at the business, then the Alabama liquor liability laws may help you. These laws are called DRAM Shop laws and are designed to provide victims of drunk drivers the opportunity to recover against an establishment that served the drunk driver excessive alcohol. The required insurance limit for these establishments is set at a minimum of $100,000 and can be more depending on the business. These extra insurance limits can go a long way toward helping with medical bills, lost wages and recovering from the harm to which you and your family have been unfairly subjected.
Please be aware that if you settle with the drunk driver’s insurance
company without first making a claim against the business, you may not be able to recover against the business later. It is important that you consult an attorney about this issue before you decide to settle with any person, insurance company or business. Please call us at 1-888-580-5176 or 205-324-1212 to learn about who may be held responsible in your case.
We recently attained a verdict against a drunk driver in Jefferson County Circuit Court after our client was struck by an allegedly impaired driver. The crash caused our client to suffer four cracked ribs. The insurance company originally offered less than $10,000 to resolve her case. The Jefferson County Jury awarded our client $225,000.*
*Maize v. James Green, CV-2016902615.
While our law firm settles most cases involving injuries or deaths attributed to drunk driving, it is important that you understand the potential value of your injuries before settling.