Gillette Drunk Driving Accident Victim Attorneys
Were You Hit by an Intoxicated Driver? Get the Help You Need
Knowing that you or a loved one was injured because someone else made the decision to drink and drive makes an awful situation – a car crash - even worse. You have every right to feel angry and to demand justice.
The State of Wyoming has strict laws when it comes to drinking and driving. Not only will anyone found guilty of DUI face severe penalties, including fines and jail time, but victims like you also have the chance to recover money from the at-fault party.
After a car accident in Campbell County, especially one that wasn’t your fault, you may have a lot of questions about what to do next. How do you hold the at-fault driver accountable? How should you deal with the insurance companies? The experienced and compassionate trial attorneys at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., know how. We have a proven track record of success when it comes to representing victims. Contact us today at (307) 257-7800 to schedule a free consultation.
Drunk Drivers Are a Leading Cause of Crashes in Wyoming
According to statistics from the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving, nearly half of all fatal crashes in Wyoming were the result of someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Our state sees over 1,100 crashes due to impaired driving each year. Worst of all, nationwide, Wyoming has the largest rate of drunk driving per capita.
This shows us how bad the epidemic of drinking and driving has become. And despite the penalties waiting for anyone convicted of DUI, that’s little consolation to the victims and their families. It’s tragic that you are the one left paying the price for someone else’s negligence.
What Rights Do Accident Victims Have in Wyoming?
In a typical accident, it doesn’t take long for the insurance companies to get involved. They have a number of ways to calculate vehicle damages and medical expenses, and you shouldn’t be surprised to be offered a settlement amount quickly. Unfortunately, this amount is rarely fair to the victim.
As a victim, you have the right to recover money for damage to your vehicle, your medical expenses, rehabilitation, and loss of income. If you suffer a permanent disability, you’ll face a lifetime of doctor’s visits and may not be able to earn a living. This is not to mention the pain and suffering you had to deal with. Consider these costs before you agree to any offer – and really, you should speak to car accident lawyer first.
What Happens If Someone Dies Because of a Drunk Driver?
Wyoming law protects the family of a person who died as the result of someone else’s bad choices. Any representative of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit. This might be a spouse, parent, or child of the victim, but it can also be a legal representative that has been appointed by will.
The lawsuit doesn’t have to be solely for the person who files it. For example, if a man has been killed by a drunk driver, his wife may be the one to file the lawsuit, but it can also include compensation for all of their children. The compensation in a wrongful death case may include medical expenses caused by the crash, funeral costs, income that would have been earned by the deceased in the future, pain and suffering caused by the death, and even the loss of companionship and comfort.
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we understand that no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one. But the rights of victims must be protected, and family members deserve to be provided for in the event of an untimely death. Don’t leave it to insurance companies to decide what’s fair. Call us today at (307) 257-7800 to schedule a free consultation with a Gillette personal injury lawyer.
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