Unfortunately, despite laws prohibiting drinking and driving, many people make the choice to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 7,285 alcohol-related crashes on Virginia roads in 2017. These collisions resulted in 248 deaths and 4,430 injured individuals.
In the past year, drunk drivers accounted for 30.4% of all traffic deaths in Virginia. While Virginia has numerous laws in place to crack down on drunk drivers, many people are injured by the recklessness and negligence of drunk driving. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, don’t settle for less than the best in the pursuit of just compensation. Not only will you be holding the guilty party accountable for their dangerous actions, but you will also be ensuring that your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses are taken care of.
When someone decides to drive drunk, they are acting with complete disregard for the safety of others around them. At Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, we strive to hold these negligent individuals accountable for their actions. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and to our thorough approach to litigation. In fact, we partner with experts in a variety of fields who can offer expert testimony in drunk driving cases. As a result of our thorough preparation, our firm often secures the largest verdicts and settlements in the state—ensuring that our clients are taken care of for life.
We Leave No Stone Unturned when Investigating a Claim
In order to successfully prove that your injuries and damages are directly correlated to the other driver’s negligence and recklessness, certain evidence must be established. Essentially, it must be proven that the driver was intoxicated, the driver was intoxicated to an extent that it was unsafe to operate a vehicle, and that the driver failed to act in the best interest of public safety.
We diligently review all the necessary evidence in a drunk driving claim, which can include:
- Police investigation
- Accident reports
- Eyewitness testimony
- Accident reconstruction
- Toxicology expert
Our Virginia drunk driving accident lawyers are listed in Best Lawyers in America® as well as in Virginia Super Lawyers® for our consistent, effective, and thorough trial work, and we are well known throughout the state for our fierce advocacy and expertise. They are well-versed in the laws surrounding drunk driving in Virginia and have skillfully handled numerous cases in this field. You can trust that they will advise you on the best route to take in the legal process.
Why Pursue a Personal Injury Claim after a Drunk Driving Accident?
A personal injury lawsuit is separate from criminal proceedings; it is meant to help the victim and his/her family recover compensation for damages sustained as a result of the accident. Drunk driving crashes tend to result in severe, catastrophic injuries or fatalities. The resulting damages for the victim and/or the victim’s family are often immense.
If you were injured in a drunk driving collision, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Immediate emergency medical treatment
- Ambulance and hospital fees
- Ongoing medical care, including physical rehabilitation therapy
- Lost income/wages from time taken off work to receive medical attention
- Reduced/lost earning ability if your injuries prevent you from returning to work
- Non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, trauma, etc.
- Punitive damages, meant to punish the negligent party
If your loved one was killed by a drunk driver, you may be able to pursue compensation for the following damages:
- The cost of medical treatment preceding death
- Emergency medical care expenses
- Funeral/burial costs
- Loss of expected future earnings
- Loss of a loved one/loss of companionship
- Emotional suffering
Depending on the circumstances involved in your accident, you may be able to recover compensation for these and/or other damages. Each case is different, which is why it is important that you speak to an experienced attorney about your legal rights and options.
Free Evaluations with an Auto Accident Lawyer
We know you have a lot on your mind as you deal with the aftermath of a drunk driving accident. Let us take care of the legal aspect of your problems. With 150+ settlements and verdicts of over one million dollars, our Virginia drunk driving accident attorneys know how to achieve big results. We can exhaustively investigate all aspects of your case in order to make sure that you receive compensation that is tailor-fit to your needs and circumstances.
Our lawyers are known throughout Virginia for their fierce litigation and knowledgeable representation. We will not back down from standing up for your rights!
Call (888) 635-9500 to begin a free case evaluation.