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What to do after being injured by a drunk driver

The unthinkable can happen in the blink of an eye. If you are in an accident with a drunk driver, you or your family can be severely injured. Here's what to do after an accident.

If it's clear that intoxication was a factor in your accident, the drunk driver's insurance may ask if you want to settle right after the accident. The case shouldn't be settled unless the victim and their family have had a chance to consider their options. The truth is, not all injuries are immediately apparent. Sometimes, it takes days or even weeks for an injury to appear and still longer for the victim to understand what it will take to heal and move forward.

There can be limits on the amount a person can collect through a settlement after suffering an injury in a drunk driving accident. These limits are subject to settlements only and do not pertain to personal injury claims. There are a range of damages a person could seek under a personal injury claim for medical expenses, such as loss of quality of life, property damage, wage loss and so on.

The reason personal injury claims exist is to rectify situations in which a person's negligence has caused the victim to suffer losses. It cannot turn back the hands of time, it's merely a way to help with the burdens that an injured and their family now face. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you should contact an attorney to discuss your case.

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