Getting involved in any type of Virginia car accident can be traumatic, but being hit by a drunk driver adds another dimension to the complex effects of a wreck. No one has to drink and drive. Thus, drunk driving accidents are completely preventable. These types of accidents still plague Northern Virginia’s streets, though, and residents of Manassas and surrounding areas may find themselves an accident victim at some point. After being struck by an intoxicated driver, it can be extremely helpful to seek professional legal guidance.
What some accident victims may not realize is that, while the criminal justice system will likely penalize a drunk driver, that system does not provide tangible relief to a victim. After an alcohol-related accident, the victim may suffer physical injury, physical and emotional pain and suffering, missed work and subsequent lost wages, and a potentially long road to recovery. Many times the victim’s car is also severely damaged. Often one’s auto insurance does not cover everything, and health insurance deficiencies are commonplace nowadays. With staggering medical bills and looming rehabilitation costs, what can a drunk driving accident victim do?
The civil system, through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, can offer the compensation to which a victim is entitled. Drunk drivers are considered negligent or reckless under the law, and can be held accountable not only in criminal courtrooms but also in the civil courts. A Virginia drunk driver victim attorney can help a victim pursue full compensation for their damages, from hospital bills to pain and suffering. In addition, punitive damages may be pursued which drive home the point that drunk drivers can be held responsible for their negligent actions.
The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, PLLC can assist any type of drunk driving accident victim, whether that person was another driver, a pedestrian or even a passenger in the car of the drunk driver. The experienced attorneys pursue complete compensation for victims, ranging from visits to the ER to loss of enjoyment of life. A consultation is free and can serve as a valuable introduction to the types of compensation to which a victim is entitled.