Car accidents are one of the leading causes of serious personal injuries. Often, car accidents are caused by things like speeding, distraction, weather conditions, mechanical failure, or simply bad driving.
Other motor vehicle accidents are caused by a driver’s intoxication. Drunk-driving accidents may result in extremely serious injuries, such as spinal injuries, paralysis, head injuries, broken limbs, and death. In fact, in New Hampshire roughly one-third of all fatal car crashes involve alcohol-impaired drivers. Sometimes, the deceased himself is the one impaired. Often, however, an innocent victim is injured or killed by a drunk driver.
As explained in previous blogs, in order to recover for personal injury, a victim must show that their injuries were caused by another person’s negligence. Negligence is the failure of a person to use reasonable care. If the perpetrating driver was above the legal alcohol limit, that driver was negligent.
If you were injured by a drunk driver, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering among other things. Even if your medical insurance covers your medical bills, you are still entitled to recover for the injuries you sustained.
Additionally, although the issue is unsettled in New Hampshire, victims of car accidents perpetrated by drunk drivers may be entitled to “enhanced compensatory damages,” which are similar to punitive damages.
At Welts, White & Fontaine, we do not require upfront payment for most personal injury clients, and we only receive our fee if we win a settlement or verdict for you. This is called a contingency fee arrangement, and means that we receive as our fee a pre-determined percentage of whatever money you recover. Please see this page for more information on contingency fees.
To speak with one of our experienced injury attorneys, please call us today at (603) 883-0797, or contact us here. Welts, White & Fontaine is Nashua’s largest law firm and serves the legal needs of both individuals and businesses in towns such as Amherst, Milford, Hudson, Brookline, Windham, Hollis, Merrimack, Litchfield, Bedford, Londonderry, Pelham, and of course Nashua.
Author: Israel F. Piedra
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