Statistics indicate that about three out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related vehicle crash at some point throughout their lives. Therefore, you should have at least some knowledge about your rights in the event that you suffer injuries in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
Any drunk driver who is involved in an accident undoubtedly will face criminal charges and penalties that law enforcement officials and the criminal justice system will handle. However, a drunk driver also may have civil liability under Wisconsin law if he or she caused a crash that caused you injuries. Pursuing compensation from the drunk driver for your injuries, however, is a multi-step process.
The first step is for you to file a formal claim with the drunk driver’s insurance company. If the drunk driver had no insurance or insufficient insurance, your own auto insurance company also may become involved. If you are unable to resolve your claim with the driver’s insurance company, then you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver under certain circumstances.
Potential damages that you may receive in a personal injury lawsuit include the following:
Drunk driving accidents, and any type of motor vehicle accidents, often result in serious bodily injuries to drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians. When an individual’s negligence leads to such an accident, he or she may be financial responsible or liable for the resulting injuries. Personal injury claims are not always a straightforward or easy process, particularly if you and your family are struggling to recover from the incident. Boller & Vaughan are Wisconsin motor vehicle accident lawyers who dedicate their practice to protecting the interests of the injured and their families. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation and learn what options may be available to you.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.