Being involved in a drunk driving car accident in Kansas or Missouri can cause catastrophic injuries or death. When you can't work due to your injuries, it's unlikely you have income to depend on. When expensive medical bills keep piling up, it may be tempting to try to settle a claim for compensation on your own.
However, a shrewd insurance adjuster for the negligent river will most likely try to deny or reduce your claim. Since combating this isn't something most people have the experience to handle, you need the skills of car accident attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve.
A Drunk Driving Accident Victim's Attorney Is Essential
One of the smartest things you should do after receiving prompt medical attention is to retain a lawyer to process your claim for compensation.
Even if your collision happened recently, you want to do this as soon as possible, so he or she can take quick action.
How Can A Drunk Driving Accident Victim's Lawyer Help You?
Investigate Your Injury Claim
Even if you believe the drunk driver’s liability is clear cut, his insurance company could dispute this. An attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident to prove the other driver’s negligence. This may include viewing the crash scene, collecting pictures and videos, reviewing the police report, and other crucial aspects of your case.
Obtain Evidence of the Driver’s Intoxication
In order to obtain compensation for your injuries, you must prove that the motorist was intoxicated, and that this was the cause of your crash. Your lawyer can obtain the result of his blood test or other tests used by the police to measure his blood alcohol content.
Your attorney will interview witnesses to your accident quickly while their memories are fresh and before they relocate. Neutral eye witnesses who have no stake in your claim and who corroborate how your crash occurred are powerful assets for your claim.
Retain Expert Witnesses
Depending on the disputes in your case, you may need to hire expert witnesses. An attorney who handles many of these cases will have a network of qualified experts who can help.
Communicate With the Insurance Company
A lawyer provides an invaluable service by taking over the communications with the insurance company. This can help you avoid making a statement or decision that inadvertently hurts your case.
Value Your Claim
You're entitled to both past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A skilled attorney evaluates the case and determines the value of your claim, including complicated factors such as future expenses and pain and suffering.
Negotiate Your Settlement
There are many tactics an insurance company representative may use to deny or reduce your settlement. Your legal representative fights aggressively on your behalf in order to establish what you're entitled to receive based on the facts of your case.
File a Lawsuit
If the insurance company refuses to be reasonable, you need an attorney to file a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver and to litigate your claim.
Have You Been Injured By A Drunk Driver?
If you've been injured by a drunk driver you need to speak with an experienced drunk driving victim attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.