Drunk Driving Accidents on Superbowl Sunday
What You Need to Know About Drunk Driving Accidents on Superbowl Sunday
Americans love their football- and by football, we’re not referring to that black and white orb that gets kicked around the soccer field.
We’re talking about Friday night lights, college-game Saturdays and, of course, Superbowl Sunday. Unfortunately, the hours after this “battle royal” are among the most dangerous times to be on the road. It is hands down one of the worst days for driving- regardless as to whether you’re the designated driver or you’re planning on taking an Uber home.
Hundreds of car accidents happen between the hours of 6pm and 6am, and it’s not unusual for post-game DUIs tend to spike.
If you or someone you care for is struck by a drunk driver this Superbowl Sunday- there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind.
The prosecutor will handle the criminal case, not your civil case
If you’re seriously injured in a DUI crash, the drunk driver will likely be jailed and charged with a crime. Remember- the prosecutor’s job is to handle the criminal case- their office will not be responsible for handling any insurance claims you may have against the driver’s insurance policy. For example, if the at-fault driver has a past history of DUI arrests, the prosecutor may recommend the defendant be jailed or sent to rehab.
- They cannot help you get compensation for your injuries.
- They cannot help you get reimbursement for medical costs or procedures.
- They cannot help you get reimbursed for the time you’ve needed to take off from work to recover from your injuries.
If you wish to file a claim against the drunk driver’s insurance policy, you’ll want to speak with a personal injury lawyer to find out what your options are.
Your compensation could be significant
A key component of personal injury litigation is about more than just making sure your medical expenses are covered. For example, if you were an avid runner, but you have an injury that will prevent you from running for the next 12-18 months, you may be eligible to receive compensation for “lost quality of life.” You can also seek compensation for vehicle repairs, lost income and emotional pain and suffering.
Don’t try to go it alone
One of the biggest mistakes that a DUI accident victim can make, is attempting to negotiate a settlement on their own. If you, a friend, family member or loved one is injured by a drunk driver on Superbowl Sunday, call the Law Office of Marc L. Shapiro for a free consultation.