When a drunk driver causes a traffic accident and you sustain injuries as a result, Alabama law allows you to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your accident-related damages. The Morris Bart law firm represents Birmingham driving under the influence (DUI) victims in their pursuit of compensation. We may be able to fight on your behalf while you recover from your injuries. If your family member was killed in a Birmingham DUI accident, we may be able to pursue compensation for you in a wrongful death case. A Birmingham DUI lawyer can review your case with a free consultation. Call us today at (205) 380-4158 to learn more about your rights. Our firm operates on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front cost to our clients. We only take payment if our clients receive a settlement or award in court.
Let Us Pursue a Civil Case Against the Drunk Driver Who Caused Your Accident
Alabama Code § 32-5A-191 is the criminal statute that makes it illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other impairing substance. Under this law, if you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or above, or if you are impaired to the point that you are incapable of driving safely, you can be arrested for DUI. It is important to note, though, that these are the laws that make it a criminal offense to drive drunk. On the other hand, recovering compensation on your behalf is a civil matter, and while we can use the evidence gathered in the criminal case to support our claim, we do not have to prove the at-fault driver was drunk or impaired. We only need to show: •The driver had an obligation to do something or not do something, such as stop at a red light or yield before turning left. •The driver failed to uphold that obligation, running the red light or turning in front of oncoming traffic. •Their failure caused the accident and your injuries. •You suffered physical injuries and financial losses. Accordingly, if a drunk driver ran a red light and hit your car, we do not need to prove that they were drunk to establish their negligence—simply that they ran the red light. The Morris Bart law firm can investigate the cause of your accident and gather evidence to prove what happened, why, and who was involved, even if direct evidence of driver intoxication is not available. We will take the case we build on your behalf to the insurance company or the judge. We will demand a fair payout from the at-fault driver’s insurer or fight for a fair award in court. To discuss your case for free with a Birmingham DUI lawyer, call the Morris Bart law firm now at (205) 380-4158.
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Recoverable Damages in a Birmingham DUI Accident Case
If we pursue compensation on your behalf in a Birmingham DUI accident case, we will seek to recover a payout for the damages we documented during our investigation. These can differ widely depending on your actual losses, but they may include:
- Current and future medical care related to your injuries
- Current and future lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Property damages including to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages, if your loved one passed away in an accident caused by a drunk driver
In some DUI accident cases, we may also be able to recover punitive damages. This is a rare type of damages that goes beyond compensatory damages. Punitive damages do not help you replace money lost because of the accident. Instead, they serve as a way to penalize the drunk or impaired driver for acting in a grossly negligent way.
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Statute of Limitations on Cases Involving Drunk Driving Accidents
Under Alabama Code § 6-2-38, in most cases, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. This is true of most car accident cases. If the two-year limit passes in your case, we may not be able to take the drunk driver to court or receive a just claim from their insurance company, even if the evidence against the drunk driver is strong. Contact our office about your case as soon as your injuries are stable to ensure we do not miss any important deadlines. We can protect your right to file a civil suit.
Talk to a Birmingham DUI Accident Legal Team
If you sustained injuries in a Birmingham motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk or impaired driver, you may be able to hold them accountable and recover compensation for your expenses and losses. You do not need to face this process alone. Let a Birmingham DUI lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm represent you. Our lawyers can handle all evidence gathering, casework, and negotiations while you concentrate on your recovery. Call (205) 380-4158 today for a complimentary consultation. A member of our team can answer your questions and give you options for moving forward today. There are no up-front costs if you hire the Morris Bart law firm to represent you. Our firm works on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you do not pay us unless you receive a settlement or ruling in court.
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