DUI Accident Victim Attorneys in Washington
Car Crash Involving a Drunk Driver
Have you sustained significant injuries or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident? We can only begin to imagine the pain you must be going through. Your life has been irrevocably changed because someone decided to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. It's just not fair. Why should you have to suffer for someone else's reckless behavior? You're angry and distraught, and you want justice. The compassionate Washington drunk driving accident victim lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help.
Drunk drivers are not just subject to criminal penalties, but also civil lawsuits. In other words, you and your family have the right to sue the drunk driver who caused you so much grief. Please let our legal team provide you with the aggressive representation and empathetic support you need to win your case and get the money for medical and funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and other past and future damages. For more information, dial (888) 228-3860. We offer free initial consultations.
Our Washington DUI Accident Victim Attorneys Can Help You Prove Your Claim
Even though you know that the drunk driver caused your accident, you have to prove it. Our Seattle car accident attorneys can help you gather the proper evidence as well as formulate an effective legal strategy so your claim will stand up in court.
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our attorneys are skilled investigators who know exactly where to look for solid evidence, which may include testimony from witnesses, accident reconstruction, and medical records. In the case of a drunk driver, the police report - which may include the results of a breath, blood, urine, or street sobriety test - could be the key factor in establishing a drunk driving accident civil claim.
Don’t Talk to an Insurance Company
No matter how friendly an insurance adjuster may seem, the fact is he does not have your best interests in mind. In many instances, the insurance company tries to discourage accident victims by delaying or denying their claims. And if they do offer a settlement, it is often far from adequate.
Fortunately, you don't have to deal with the insurance company yourself. You have the right to pass on all contact with the insurance company to your attorney. That way, you won't be vulnerable to their tricks.
Getting Compensation for Your Losses in Seattle
A successful legal claim can result in compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Present and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Permanent injury or disability
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Loss of quality of life
- Punitive damages
Money cannot undo the trauma that has shaken your life, but it can help make your accident a thing of the past so that you can move on and focus on your recovery.
Proving Fault After a Fatal DUI Accident in Washington
The tragic consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) are widely known, and yet, intoxicated driving is still one of the most common causes of auto accidents in the state of Washington. Under RCW 46.61.502, an individual is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating substances if he or she has a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our experienced team will use our extensive legal knowledge, resources, and network of forensic specialists, private investigators, and accident reconstruction experts to gather supporting evidence about the fatal accident. The last thing you should have to worry about after the loss of a loved one is building a Washington wrongful death claim on your own. With our guidance and representation, you will have the best chance of reaching an optimal outcome for your claim.
What Damages May Be Recovered in a DUI Accident Death Claim?
Through a wrongful death claim, qualifying family members may be entitled to receive compensation for the following economic and non-economic losses:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before he/she died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits, such as retirement and medical benefits
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, etc.
- Loss of household tasks the deceased performed, such as child care, vehicle and property maintenance, bookkeeping, etc.
Protecting Your Right to Recover After a DUI Accident Death in Seattle
When your life has been devastated by the deadly actions of an intoxicated driver, you and your family deserve to have the best representation available to ensure a successful wrongful death claim. Let the exceptional Washington drunk driving accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., hold the at-fault driver accountable for your losses. We will not rest until you get the full and fair compensation you need and deserve for your recovery.
- Drunk Driving Accident Blogs
- Help Prevent Seattle Drunk Driving Accidents This Fall
- DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Washington
- RCW 46.61.502 - Driving Under the Influence
- Impaired Driving - CDC