Insurance Companies MUST Pay for Accidents Caused by a Drunk Driver
While insurance companies are obligated to compensate victims of drunk driving accidents, there have been instances where they attempt to avoid paying out by placing blame solely on the driver.
For instance, one agency attempted to classify a drunk driving accident as intentional in order to avoid paying the verdict. The insurer argued that because the driver chose to drink and drive, it was as if they were acting intentionally, which is not covered in their policy and thus they were not liable for damages.
The victim of the accident was forced to sue the insurance company as a result. Thankfully, the court ridiculed the logic of the insurance company and forced them to pay out to the victim.
This case was of great value to Texas drivers who have been injured in auto accidents caused by drunk drivers and who are having issues with the negligent party’s insurance company. You DO NOT have to deal with insurance company’s acting in bad faith when you have suffered a severe personal injury as the result of another party’s carelessness. Let the McAllen insurance lawyers of Millin & Millin help right the wrongs done against you.
Filing a Claim Against a Drunk Driver
In order to recover compensation for the damages and injuries you have suffered, you will need to file a claim against the drunk driver’s insurance provider. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done.
Insurance companies – especially those acting in bad faith – may attempt to delay your claim in order to either frustrate you into taking a minimized settlement or in order to stretch the claim out until it has passed the statute of limitations.
In the State of Texas, individuals have two (2) years from the date they were injured in order to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party.
This means that you should seek out quality legal counseling immediately after you have suffered your catastrophe. Not only is it necessary so that you can file your claim within the proper time frame, but also so that you can also fight back against insurance company who is unlawfully denying or slowing down the claims process.
No Criminal Charge? You Can Still File a Personal Injury Claim.
Whether you are misinformed by the negligent party’s insurance provider or if you simply do not know your rights, please be aware that the drunk driver does not have to be charged or found guilty of criminal activity in order for you to file a civil claim.
Whether or not the driver is found guilty of a DWI charge, you can still pursue a personal injury claim. Your attorney will need to provide evidence, however, that the driver was responsible for the accident – and simply using the DWI charge is not valid enough. Instead, your attorney will have to rely on the facts of the situation and focus on the exact cause, such as speeding or running a red light, in order to prove that the driver was responsible for your injuries.
A dependable attorney will thoroughly investigate the claim in order to recover compensation for your damages.
What Will the Insurance Company Cover After a Drunk Driving Accident?
Depending on the specific circumstances of your accident and the amount of coverage the liable driver has available, then you may be able to receive compensation to help cover but not limited to:
- ◙ Medical costs (past, present and future)
- ◙ Lost wages (past, present and future)
- ◙ Loss of earning capacity
- ◙ Long-term care
- ◙ Medical equipment
- ◙ Property damage
- ◙ Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- ◙ Pain and suffering
- ◙ Loss of quality of life
- ◙ Loss of life (wrongful death)
- ◙ Punitive damage
It is important to note that (1) if the driver only has minimum coverage then you may need to seek restitution through another manner and (2) you will only be able to receive compensation up to the policy limits of the insurance company.
Is the insurance company of the responsible driver trying to deny your claim or place liability strictly on the driver? This is known as bad faith and you have the right to seek justice against this type of illegal business tactics.
Suffering from a serious accident and having to make an insurance claim can be scary and frustrating. Sadly, many insurance companies will not make it any easier on you and may make you jump through hoops just to receive the coverage that is rightfully yours.
Do NOT accept this type of behavior.