In motor vehicle accident cases, one of the challenges is proving that the driver who caused the accident was negligent. When it is revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, negligence is obvious. In fact, driving while intoxicated is not only a matter of negligence, but a matter of breaking the law, which could potentially open up additional avenues of compensation for the accident victim.
At the Giacoletto Law Firm in Collinsville, we have more than two decades of experience helping victims of alcohol-related crashes in the St. Louis area and southern Illinois get maximum compensation.
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Seeking Maximum Compensation for Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Victims of a drunk driving accident may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Vehicle repairs
- Other expenses
Victims of an alcohol-related car accident may also be entitled to punitive damages. This is additional compensation that the negligent driver is forced to pay as a form of punishment for the crime that has been committed. Getting maximum compensation in these cases can usually be accomplished through skillful settlement negotiations. Insurance companies know that going to trial would be hazardous for them. Juries simply do not tolerate drunk drivers.
Intoxication in Truck Accident Cases
We take extra care to look for possible intoxication in truck accident or fatal truck accident cases. Our experience has shown us that the truck drivers who cause accidents may be under the influence of speed or other drugs. They use these drugs to stay awake and on the road, despite laws that require them not to exceed a certain number of driving hours. Driving under the influence of drugs is just as negligent as driving under the influence of alcohol, and just as illegal; and we will see that drivers are held accountable when their actions lead to serious accidents.