Claims Against Drunk Drivers
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, contact the Connecticut personal injury attorneys at Adelman Hirsch & Connors LLP in Bridgeport, Danbury or Middletown. Our experience with the investigation and proof of auto accident claims can help you establish liability against the drunk driver, and our familiarity with Connecticut motor vehicle liability and insurance law can help ensure that you collect upon your judgment.
Because of the criminal penalties (including DWI and bodily injury charges) and civil damages that a drunk driver can face in the aftermath of an alcohol related motor vehicle accident, it is not unusual for the drunk driver to leave the scene. We know how to investigate hit and run cases, and in many cases involving drunk motorists or reckless drivers, double or triple damages can be awarded as punitive damages. Whether your accident involved a head on collision due to the drunk driver's crossing the center line, or a rear-end collision, our experience with holding drunk drivers accountable can make a significant difference in the eventual outcome of your case.
In many alcohol related crashes, it is necessary to pursue your rights against your own insurer under your uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. This can help improve the likelihood of a full financial recovery for your economic losses and personal injuries. An additional option is to investigate whether a bar, package store, restaurant, or social host served alcohol to the driver while he or she was already drunk. Because there is only a very short time period to take action in a dram shop claim against a bar, restaurant, or liquor store that over-served an intoxicated person, it is essential that you engage an experienced attorney quickly so that the full range of your options can be protected.
It is not necessary that the drunk driver be convicted or even charged with DUI in order to collect compensatory and punitive damages in an alcohol related motor vehicle accident lawsuit. For more information about our ability to investigate and prove liability against drunk drivers, contact a Connecticut personal injury lawyer at Adelman Hirsch & Connors LLP.