Drunk Driving Accidents in Connecticut
Our Hartford Car Accident Lawyers Fight for Compensation on Your Behalf
Although the public is constantly reminded of the dangers of drunk driving, people continue to operate their vehicles while intoxicated. Since being under the influence of alcohol can impair your judgment, delay your reaction, and make people drive more recklessly, drunk drivers are one of the main causes of car accidents. These drunk driving accidents often result in serious and fatal injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by a drunk driver in Hartford or anywhere in Connecticut, Goff Law Group can help you work to recover compensation to cover past and future medical expenses, lost wages from missing time from work, and pain and suffering from the harm the other party caused. Our Hartford drunk driving attorneys have a 99 percent success rate in personal injury claims. We strive to provide our clients with compassionate and personalize legal solutions to maximize their settlements.
Are Drunk Drivers Always At Fault?
When you are hit by a drunk driver, you will likely assume that all of the liability for the accident will be dropped on their shoulders. After all, they were doing something unlawful and clearly unsafe. However, you should know that intoxication does not translate into automatic liability, at least not full liability.
Your drunk driving accident claim will still be handled as any other claim would, which means getting to the bottom of liability with thorough investigations. You should still plan on proving that the other driver was liable and that intoxication played a role in the crash because they and their insurance company are planning on proving that they were not liable.
The opposition will do anything to avoid full liability, including blaming you for:
- Texting while driving
- Talking to passengers
- General negligence
Even if none of these things are true, you should expect the responding insurance company to look high and low for any indications of your own negligence and liability. Since intoxication does not guarantee liability will be placed on a drunk driver, you can still get pinned with liability and stuck with your expenses if your case does not progress well.
Proving Liability in a Drunk Driving Accident
In order to prove that your injuries and the underlying collision were caused by a drunk driver, you must obtain evidence of his/her intoxication level and show that the drunk driver failed to exercise reasonable care for the safety of the public. Common forms of evidence include a police report, witness accounts, and the DUI charge itself.
If the drunk driver is convicted of DUI, you may be awarded restitution by the court. However, if the drunk driver is not convicted and pleads to a lesser charge, you may still recover compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
In addition, it is possible that other parties are liable for the drunk driver’s negligence. Since Connecticut has a “dram shop” law, a vendor that gives or sells alcohol to a clearly intoxicated individual may also be held liable if the drunk person causes another person’s injury.
Should You Get a Lawyer If You’re Hit by a Drunk Driver?
As discussed, liability in a drunk driving accident claim is not always straightforward. To make certain you have found and used all available evidence correctly, it is always wise to team up with a lawyer from the start of your claim to its conclusion.
Call (203) 408-1213 to connect with Goff Law Group in Hartford. Our drunk driving accident attorneys can take over all aspects of your case, freeing you up to focus on your rest and recuperation.