Drunk Driving Victims in the U.S.

Drunk driving is a major cause of injury and death on the roadways of the United States, including here in New Mexico. Despite the efforts of many non-profit groups and government agencies at the local, state, and national levels, driving under the influence of alcohol (and drugs) continues to threaten innocent drivers and pedestrians every day.

Adding to the pain of DUI incidents is the fact that not all of these innocent victims get financial compensation to help pay for recovery from their injuries.

  • If a defense lawyer gets the case against a drunk driver dropped, it may be very difficult for the victim to obtain compensation.

  • Even if convicted of DUI, a separate lawsuit is needed to win compensation for the victim.

  • An initial offer from the drunk driver’s insurance company is usually far too low to cover recovery costs fully.

  • Inexperienced or discount lawyers are easily defeated by well-funded insurance companies.

The Next Step for Drunk Driving Victims

When someone chooses to drive drunk, he acts negligently toward everyone around him. Here are just a few examples of the kind of damage that is possible due to this careless behavior:

  • Damage to personal property (vehicles, houses, commercial buildings)

  • Emotional trauma for victims

  • Physical injury, often permanent in nature

  • Wrongful death

Following a drunk driving accident, you may not even be aware of the costs that lay ahead of you. Medical bills and lost wages are only the most obvious expenses that victims have. If your injuries are permanent, you may need lifelong assistance in the form of prosthetics, medical equipment, or professional care.

Don’t take chances with your future security—get the help of a personal injury attorney who has experience handling cases like yours under New Mexico law. At Killian Davis Richter & Mayle, we have the expertise to accurately estimate your total financial need and present it to the insurance company responsible for paying you.

Justice for Drunk Driving Victims

The worse your injuries are, and the more careless a drunk driver’s actions were, the more emotionally charged all parties will be. A good personal injury lawyer knows how to:

  • Assemble enough evidence and testimony to conclusively prove your innocence and the drunk driver’s responsibility

  • Oppose attempts to avoid paying you because of legal loopholes

  • Keep negotiations on a professional level, insisting on fair, just treatment for you as the victim

  • Present a thorough case to the court if a settlement cannot be reached

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