Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Loudoun County
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Drunk driving is a blight on society, but no one suffers as much as accident victims and their families. Unlike other car accident victims, people hurt in a drunk driving crash have been the victims of a serious crime.
With these accidents come large expenses. Many crash victims face serious injuries, time away from work, and permanent complications after a crash. Even if you have health insurance or qualify for restitution from the Virginia Victims Fund, you might still need help paying your bills.
If you are facing serious injuries or have lost a loved one due to a drunk driving accident, you may be eligible for compensation. A drunk driving accident lawyer in Loudoun County can help.
Whether the drunk driver’s criminal prosecution is closed, pending, or still under investigation, the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, can help you pursue a civil case. Our legal team has extensive experience holding drunk drivers in Virginia accountable.
We would like the opportunity to learn how we might serve you. Call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, today at 571-229-1800 for a free consultation.
We Can Help You Pursue the Full Value of Your Damages.
As a way of closing the book on this chapter of their lives, victims or their families sometimes feel it is best to quickly process their claim and move on. This can be tempting, but can also lead to regret later.
While no amount of compensation will reverse the results of the accident, agreeing to a settlement without the help of an attorney can mean leaving money on the table. This is money that you will likely need to pay for future costs associated with the accident.
You deserve full compensation for your losses after a drunk driving accident. The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, can help you pursue it.
Pursuing Compensatory Damages in Virginia
When we take on your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation into the losses you have faced because of the accident. We will calculate the types of damages you can recover in your case. You can count on us to review your case fastidiously to ensure we account for everything. You may be eligible for the following:
- Medical bills,including past expenses as well as those that a health care professional foresees in the future;
- Final expenses, funeral, burial, or cremation expenses,in cases where the victim did not survive the accident;
- Wrongful death damages, which are available to the deceased victim’s family;
- Loss of income, incases where the victim has missed work and lost wages;
- Loss of earning capacity, in cases where the victim has not only missed work, but also faces future income reduction due to the accident;
- Pain and suffering,both past and future;
- Inconvenience; and
- Property damage or loss, which includes yourvehicle and its contents at the time of the accident.
Pursuing Punitive Damages in Virginia
In some cases, the at-fault driver may be liable for punitive damages as well as compensatory damages. The goal of punitive damages is to punish wrongdoing that is willful enough to show a conscious disregard for the rights of others.
Although a judge may decide to award punitive damages in any drunk driving case, a Virginia statute specifically addresses punitive damages in cases where the driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 percent or more.
If the driver in your case refused a breathalyzer test, they may still be responsible for punitive damages. According to the state law, their conduct is considered willful and wanton enough to show a conscious disregard for the rights of others.
The evidence that a criminal court used to determine guilt and issue a sentence is also viable in a civil court. An arresting officer, for example, may offer their objective and subjective observations of the driver at the time of the driver’s apprehension.
Our legal team can examine your case and determine if punitive damages are a possibility.
We Can Determine If Other Parties Share Fault for Your Crash.
In some cases, another party could be to blame for the accident. This could happen if the drunk driver was operating someone else’s vehicle at the time of the accident.
If the vehicle owner knew the at-fault driver was drunk and still allowed them to borrow their car, they may be liable for their contribution to the accident. We can help you pursue compensation from the vehicle owner’s insurer in a case like this.
If you were in a multi-vehicle crash, another motorist may have also caused the accident. Even if that driver was not intoxicated or impaired, they are still responsible for any negligent behavior. Our legal team will conduct an investigation into your accident to determine who was liable for the crash. We can help you fight for compensation from each responsible party.
How You Benefit From Our Experience
Attorney Jim Parrish is a former insurance defense attorney. He once helped the people on the other side of the negotiation table. He now helps victims fight against insurance companies, and uses his vast knowledge of the insurance industry to do so. He is in an optimal position to counter insurance company tactics that would otherwise erode your compensation.
The personal injury team at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, is here to serve you. We can help you pursue compensation for your losses after a drunk driving accident in Loudoun County. Call our office at 571-229-1800 to schedule your free consultation today.