According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three traffic fatalities are caused by drunk driving, and more than 1 million drivers were arrested for DUI or DWI in 2016 alone. In Rhode Island specifically, 2.4% of people reported that they had driven after drinking too much, as compared with 1.9% of people nationwide.
If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of a drunk driver in Rhode Island, you’re not alone in this fight. At Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C., our committed personal injury team can help you pursue fair and full compensation after suffering catastrophic injuries in a DUI or DWI crash. After serving Rhode Island for over 40 years and securing some of the largest personal injury settlements and verdicts in the state, you can trust that we will provide the seasoned counsel you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation with our Rhode Island lawyers, call (401) 200-4059 today.
When Do I Have a DUI Accident Lawsuit?
When you’ve been involved in a serious car accident and are not considered to be at fault, your first step will usually be to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company for your injuries and property damage. However, insurers are often reluctant to pay out full compensation for these losses – even when your claim involves a drunk driver. This is because they know that drunk driving accidents tend to earn higher settlements for injured drivers, because drunk driving is illegal. If you are unable to secure a fair settlement from the insurance company, it’s often a good idea to file a personal injury lawsuit instead.
While you should always consult with an experienced attorney first, here are a few signs that you may have grounds for a lawsuit:
- The other driver was proven to be driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.08%.
- You sustained life-altering, catastrophic injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury.
- The other driver is facing criminal charges for their actions.
- You lost a loved one in the crash.
- You or your loved one were obeying all applicable traffic laws at the time of the accident.
- There were multiple people harmed in the crash.
In a personal injury lawsuit, you may also have the option of seeking additional “punitive damages” against a grossly negligent driver. Although it’s extremely rare to win punitive damages in any injury claim, drunk driving is often considered to be gross negligence because it is well-known to be dangerous.
A Record of Success in Accident Lawsuits
Whether you need help negotiating with an insurance company or filing a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver responsible for your crash, you are entitled to hire skilled legal representation for your case. Our team at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. has recovered over $1 billion on behalf of injury victims throughout Rhode Island, and we can serve as your committed advocates in a DUI or DWI accident case.
To explore your legal options today, contact us at (401) 200-4059.