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The Rights of a Drunk Driver Victim

As any personal injury lawyer will tell you, being the victim of a drunk driver can be a life-changing experience. There are several ways in which you can be the victim of a drunk driver. Some of the more common ways include:

  • Being the passenger in a vehicle driven by a drunk driver.
  • Getting into an auto accident with a drunk driver.
  • Getting hit as a pedestrian or bicyclist by a drunk driver.
  • Having your parked car damaged by a drunk driver.

Luckily, not every drunk driver victim is injured. In some cases, such as when a drunk driver hits a parked car, the only victim is the parked car. While it can be inconvenient to be without your car for a while, you can take solace in knowing that the entire situation could have been much worse if you had actually been in the vehicle.

One of the first things that car accident lawyers look for is a driver under the influence. If you are the victim of a drunk driver, then your first step needs to be securing the services of an experienced lawyer. Drunk driving accidents that involve property damage and injuries to victims can get extremely complicated and ugly. Your voice in the fight needs to be that of an experienced lawyer. Without a lawyer on your side, your rights will not be represented and your level of compensation could suffer.

Experienced Ontario personal injury lawyers such as David Himelfarb will tell any drunk driving victim that their first priority is their own health. The only contact they should have with the insurance companies is to make sure that all of their medical costs are covered for the initial injuries. Long-term care and lost wages compensation are two issues that you should never discus with the insurance company. You should let your lawyer discuss those issues with the insurance companies to try and get you the best possible settlement.

Insurance companies are going to try and get you to settle on a compensation number which suits their needs and not yours. As the victim of a drunk driving accident, you will have long-term issues which you will have to deal with. The compensation offered by the insurance company is not going to cover those needs and you are never sure what kind of public assistance you will be able to get, if any.

Your personal injury lawyer will be able to establish that you are indeed a victim in this instance and that you deserve the proper compensation. A lawyer will speak up for your rights and make certain that you get the financial settlement that you need to get on with your life.

Drunk driving accident survivors do not want to have to fight for things that they are entitled to. When you hire a qualified personal injury lawyer, you will get all of the help you need to get your life back together and get back to doing the things you love to do.


For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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