Drunk drivers are a serious problem on highways across the country. If you were hit by one recently, then it is time to take legal action against them and their insurance company. Such reckless driving behavior should be met with a claim or lawsuit, and The Gatti Law Firm can help you explore your legal options.
Our attorneys routinely help injured drivers in Clackamas, Portland, and everywhere in between. We have been doing this for more than 45 years, and our reputation for being able to achieve outstanding case results has grown every year, case after case. When so much is on the line after a drunk driving accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t risk your recovery on any other firm with less experience than us.
Why Drunk Driving is So Dangerous
Drinking alcohol before driving is always dangerous. Driving safety research has consistently shown that there is no such thing as “safe and sober” driving once a single alcoholic beverage is consumed.
One alcohol beverage will cause a driver to experience:
- Slower reaction times
- Worsened motor control
- Blurred vision
- Loss of focus
If the driver who hit you says they “only had one drink,” then you need to make a note of it. Ideally, you will have captured their statement on your smartphone while you were talking with them. What they might think is an innocuous statement could be pivotal evidence for your drunk driving accident claim.
Are Drunk Drivers Always Liable?
Even though drunk driving is always dangerous, it does not mean drunk drivers are always liable for a crash. They retain the ability to defend themselves or to be defended by their insurance providers, as it is in most cases. As the claimant, you need to prove that they did something to cause the accident other than just being drunk.
For example, if a texting driver sideswipes a drunk driver, then the drunk driver could very well be found not liable for the accident. Or they might be found just partially liable, which will affect the other driver’s chances of obtaining a full recovery.
Criminal Evidence for Your Civil Case
Proving that the drunk driver did something that caused the crash often depends on the evidence you, the claimant or plaintiff, can show. One silver lining to a drunk driving accident case is that there will usually be criminal evidence available if you know how to get it. Our Clackamas drunk driving accident attorneys can network with local law enforcement agencies to uncover any evidence of intoxication they found or used, as well as other forms of evidence related to the criminal justice system.
Criminal evidence that might benefit your civil claim against the drunk driver are:
- Police reports from the scene of the crash
- Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test results
- Evidence used by the prosecution in the related DUI case
- Sentencing details if the driver was convicted
Oregon has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims like a car accident claim, including those caused by a drunk driver. Criminal DUI cases often conclude within a few weeks, which means there should be criminal evidence that can be tied into your civil case well before the statute of limitations ends.
One Call to Our Firm is All You Need
Is it difficult to start a drunk driving accident claim? Not if you choose to work with our Portland & Clackamas attorneys from The Gatti Law Firm. We take pride in being able to simplify legal processes for our clients. When we’re on your side, you can set your worries aside.
Call (503) 543-1114. We help clients in Clackamas and Portland.