If the drunk driver who hit me is charged with a DUI, do I really need an attorney to help me prove negligence in the related injury claim?

drinking and drivingAlthough a DUI conviction or criminal charge against the other driver can help your personal injury claim, it isn’t a guarantee that you will be able to successfully negotiate with the insurance company. And it definitely isn’t a guarantee that the claims process will be easy or that you will get the full amount you really deserve.

Every case is different, and you may prefer to work with an attorney in some situations, especially if any of the following pertains to your situation:

  • If you suffered serious, long-term, or disfiguring injuries.
  • If you encountered a multiple-car accident or issues with the Texas Dram Shop Act.
  • If you’re receiving counter accusations from the other driver or his insurance company.
  • If you’re dealing with other complicated circumstances and are unsure what to do.

Keep in mind, too, that the other driver’s insurance company is likely to undervalue your claim, even in the most clear-cut instances of negligence. An attorney who has experience supporting victims during the accident claims process can help you estimate the value of your claim, guide you through the paperwork and proceedings, protect your rights throughout, and help you get full compensation for your injuries.

Whether or not the other driver is ultimately convicted in a criminal court, your claim with the insurance company is a separate matter with very different rules. If you have questions about whether or not you really need an attorney for your case, reach out to our legal team today for free initial consultation.