Need An Injury Lawyer After A DUI Accident in Virginia?
Under Virginia law, you are considered to be driving under the influence if you are affected by drugs or alcohol, have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08% or more, or have BAC levels of cocaine or phencyclidine of .02 milligrams per liter or more. Driving under the influence of alcohol in Virginia carries severe penalties. Conviction for a first offense may involve a mandatory minimum $250 fine and a one-year driver’s license revocation. Subsequent convictions for DUI can lead to prison sentences of up to one year, indefinite suspension of driving privileges and $1,000.00 in fines.
How Will the Drunk Driver Be Held Accountable to You?
Innocent victims often pay the price as a result of a drunk driver’s actions. These victims suffer many losses all at once. They might have lost the ability to work, their physical or mental health, or even family members or loved ones.
The drunk driver might be punished by the criminal court system, but these punishments often do not include financial relief to the innocent victims whose lives have been shattered by the drunk driver. Of course, there are certain things that can never be recovered, but those whose lives have been forever altered because of a drunk driver have the right to justice. And the route to that justice is through the civil court system, at the side of an experienced personal injury trial attorney.
Why You Need an Experienced Virginia Trial Attorney
If you hire a trial attorney, your attorney will be in a much better position to negotiate with the insurance company from the start. Trials involve a tremendous amount of figurative (and sometimes literal) blood, sweat and tears. Many insurance companies want to avoid trial if at all possible. And if they are dealing with a seasoned trial attorney, they will know that they only way to avoid trial is to offer a full and fair financial settlement, which will allow the innocent victims to begin putting their lives back together.
If the insurance company refuses to deal fairly with the trial attorney, the consequence of that will be that the attorney will set the case for trial. The insurance company will then have to roll the dice and hope that the judge or jury upholds their decision to deny the claim brought as a result of the drunk driver’s actions. If the dice does not roll in the insurance company’s favor, they will most likely have severely failed in their attempt to be profitable. Additionally, the insurance adjuster who wrongfully denied the injured parties’ claim may now have to face repercussions from their employer.
The insurance company may have much more to lose than you at trial. They could face the prospect of being forced to pay out thousands, sometimes even millions of dollars. The insurers in that event could also face bad media coverage, which might then paint the insurance company as more interested in profits than in human life.
So, choose an attorney from Need An Injury Lawyer Virginia, where you will find many skilled and experienced lawyers who know how to recover the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today!