Work with a Philadelphia drunk driving accident lawyer to claim compensation if you are a victim of a DUI crash. Get Gibbons, get justice – and the compensation you deserve.
If you are hit by a drunk driver, you can bring your own legal claim. You may demand compensation for the losses, injuries, and harms that you have suffered.
Work with the Gibbons & Crichton, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers. Call (215) 569-1455 or message our Philadelphia car accident lawyer now.
Lawyers for Drunk Driving Accident Victims in Philadelphia
We are lawyers for drunk driving accident victims. We represent people who are hurt by the actions of others.
When you are the victim of a DUI crash, waiting for the government to press criminal charges is not your only option. You can – and you should – seek compensation from the responsible driver. Pennsylvania law allows qualified victims to claim a range of economic and non-economic damages. There are ways a civil claim can help you get justice and financial compensation. Our law firm can represent you.
To discuss your situation, call (215) 569-1455 or send us a message.
Helping DUI Crash Victims
Here’s how our lawyers help DUI accident victims:
- Understanding the scientific and technical information that is important in any DUI investigation
- Gathering proof of drunk driving and your right to compensation
- Reviewing Pennsylvania’s accident compensation laws and the possibility of claiming compensation
- Knowing what types of damages you may claim and the appropriate amount of compensation
- Identifying additional parties that may have legal fault
- Addressing legal and factual issues that are important to success in your case
- Pursuing your case through legal procedure, settlement negotiations, and trial
Throughout your case, we provide the answers, guidance, and information that you need to pursue justice. For help from a Philadelphia drunk driving lawyer that you can trust, call the Gibbons & Crichton, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers at (215) 569-1455.
Why bring a drunk driving civil case?
Here are some reasons that it may be beneficial to bring a drunk driving civil case:
- A criminal case is about the person’s actions and their violation of the law. A civil case is about compensation for the victim.
- Non-economic damages may be claimed in a civil case. Non-economic damages are not part of restitution in a criminal case.
- The victim controls a civil case. They decide when to agree to a settlement, what evidence to present, and what motions to raise with the court.
- There is a different burden of proof. If the criminal case results in charges dismissed or a finding of not guilty, it is still possible to succeed in a civil claim.
- Additional parties may be named in a civil case in addition to the driver if there is legal fault.
There are many reasons that a victim and family members may benefit from a drunk driving civil case. The purpose of the case is accountability for those responsible and compensation due to the victim under Pennsylvania law.
Types of Compensation for Drunk Driving Victims
The compensation you may receive for a drunk driving accident depends on your injuries and types of losses. Here are some categories of compensation you may qualify to receive:
- Emergency medical care
- Surgery costs, stabilization measures, diagnostic testing
- Prescriptions and medical supplies
- Medical evaluations
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Compensation for mental health injury and treatment
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages and income, including benefits and perks
- Property damage, including vehicle damage
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering and anguish
- Scars and disfigurement
- Personal loss, including life changes and physical limitations
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death compensation
Compensation for a victim is personalized to what they lost. The impact of injuries on the person’s life is key to determining compensation.
Our drunk driving accident lawyers can assist you with a personalized evaluation of how the law applies to your case. We examine what insurance policies may provide compensation and all avenues for you to receive justice for what has happened.
Drunk Driving Accident FAQs
Is a drunk driving accident a criminal or civil case?
A drunk driving accident may be a criminal and civil case. The driver may face criminal charges, but a victim can also bring a civil case for compensation.
What are you entitled to if you are hit by a drunk driver?
If you are hit by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic losses sustained in the accident. To receive compensation, you must pursue it.
What is the Pennsylvania criminal drunk driving law?
Pennsylvania statutes 75 Pa.C.S. § 3802 prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
What makes a person a drunk driver in Philadelphia?
A person is a drunk driver in Pennsylvania when they have a bodily alcohol content of .08 or higher or when the consumption of alcohol makes the person incapable of safely controlling a motor vehicle.
How do I start a drunk driving accident civil case?
To formally start a drunk driving civil accident case, you must identify the responsible party, draft legal documents and file them in the court with jurisdiction. It may be possible to receive compensation through an insurance claim, but your rights are not protected until you formally file your case in court.
What will I receive for a DUI accident settlement?
The amount you receive in a DUI accident settlement depends on several factors. The strength of the legal case, availability of insurance policies, and the extent of your injuries and harms all potentially impact the amount of compensation.
Start Your Case Today by Talking to a Philadelphia Drunk Driving Collision Lawyer
From our offices in downtown Philadelphia, we represent people throughout the area. Whether you are a resident or visitor, adult or child, victim or family member, your case is important to us.
Gibbons & Crichton, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers is different from your typical law firm. We take the time to thoroughly understand your situation and your goals. Then, we pursue your rights with a comprehensive approach, anticipating your future needs.
If you have questions or if you’re ready to begin, we invite you to talk to our Philadelphia drunk driving accident lawyers. Consultations and strategy sessions are available. We’re taking new cases now, and we look forward to speaking with you. Call (215) 569-1455 or message us now.