Hurt by a Drunk or Impaired Driver?
DUI/Impaired Driver Accidents Are Different
Someone dies every 40 minutes in an alcohol-related crash, according the to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Drunk driving deaths make up a staggering 41 percent of all traffic fatalities.
At Storer & Steen, we are committed to fighting against drunk drivers and seeking justice on behalf of those victims who have been injured or lost a loved one in an alcohol-related crash. Drunk driving is a choice and a crime, not an accident.
We provide free phone and in-person consultations at 208-323-0024 to evaluate discuss your case in detail. If necessary, we can meet with you in your home. There is never an attorney fee unless we obtain compensation for you.
Getting behind the wheel after drinking is a choice - the drunk driver knowingly puts others on the road in serious danger. Drunk driving accidents cause severe injuries and death. Too often, the victims of drunk drivers suffer from fractures, lacerations, deep bruising, as well as more serious problems like spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and death.
Car collision injuries often result in a long and painful rehabilitation and lost income. This alone is bad enough. However, when that accident was caused by someone who was driving drunk, it makes people angry. When someone is injured due to an impaired driver’s selfish disregard for other motorists, it adds insult to the offense. One chooses to drive while impaired. One does not choose to get hurt by a drunk driver.
Storer & Steen works with injured clients throughout Idaho. Financial compensation alone can seldom make up for your loses - that is why we will serve as zealous advocates and strive to obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve.
It is critical to work with a lawyer who understands the myriad of issues that can arise in a drunk driving or imp[aired driver accident. These cases are complex than other car collisions cases and you need a strong and experienced advocate to protect your rights. Some of the issues that are involved in a drunk driver accident are:
The drunk driver may be driving without insurance. You will need a knowledgeable and aggressive advocate to deal with your own insurance coverage for uninsured or underinsured motorists.
There may be multiple parties responsible for covering your damages. As an example, a DUI accident may involve the drunk driver’s insurance and the dram shop liability of the bar or restaurant that may have over-served the drunk driver. You need a lawyer who understands insurance law in order to protect your rights to full compensation from all sources.
Most DUI accident cases will also involve criminal charges against the drunk driver. If handled properly, evidence from the criminal case – such as breath test results – can be used in your civil personal injury case. You will need an experienced attorney to protect your interests since the drunk driver will be represented by his or her attorney.
You will likely be entitled to damages beyond those that result from a usual car collision claim. Drunk or impaired drivers may owe you punitive damages as a punishment for their outrageous behavior. You will need an experienced attorney to protect your interests since the drunk driver will likely be represented by his or her attorney.
People tend to be rightfully outraged when a drunk or impaired driver injures someone. As a result, juries often value these cases much higher than claims adjusters will and, when the case is presented properly, jurors may even award additional compensation as punitive damages. We will file suit and try the case in court if it is in your best interest.
Call Storer & Steen today at 208-323-0024 to evaluate discuss your case in detail. We provide free phone and in-person consultations. If necessary, we can meet with you in your home. There is never an attorney fee unless we obtain compensation for you.