El Paso Attorneys Handling Fatal Drunk Driving Accident Cases
Drunk drivers are responsible for an increasing number of fatal accidents each year. They take the lives of someone’s father or mother or child. Families are devastated and find it difficult to stop questioning why this senseless and preventable accident happened. We are committed to helping you through this difficult time.
Finding Who’s at Fault to Help You Move Forward
While no amount of consolation or compensation can return your loved one to you, we will do everything possible to ensure that you receive justice and compensation for life of the person you lost. In most situations, the drunk driver that caused the accident will be criminally charged for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Additionally, someone who supplied alcohol to the drunk driver may share the liability for the fatal accident . Often, these are people hosting parties, bars or restaurants. If an underage driver is involved, the person or establishment who supplied the alcohol to the driver may face large fines, loss of their business license and criminal charges.
These people who supplied alcohol to the drunk driver have an obligation to avoid serving people who are already visibly intoxicated. While it’s difficult to believe, parents of high schoolers are often guilty of looking the other way when their children have parties. Some even willingly supply alcohol with the rationalization that it’s better that the kids drink at home. This may keep their own children safe. But the rest of them who leave the party put everyone else on the road in danger.
What Options Do You Have?
During this difficult time, it is still extremely important that you try to do two things immediately:
First, never discuss anything about the accident with anyone from another insurance company. It is fine to report the accident to your own insurance company but do not discuss the accident with the insurance company for the drunk driver who caused the accident.
This may seem counterintuitive you, especially if finances are tight, you feel a lack of direction and motivation, and all you want to do is put all of this behind you. The trouble is that insurance companies know this and will try to take advantage to get you to settle for a low amount and waive your right to any future compensation. If you hire a lawyer , the insurance company can no longer contact you directly and must contact you through your lawyer instead. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, past and future income loss, your pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
Second, make an appointment to consult with us as soon as possible. We will start working on investigating the accident and working with insurance companies to get medical bills paid. By hiring an attorney as soon as possible, you can be assured that someone is working to protect you and your family.
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If you haven’t yet hired a lawyer, you should try to obtain copies of all reports and investigations done by the police or highway patrol at the scene of the accident. Retain all original records and documents to give to your lawyer.