If you suffered injuries in an Anderson, Indiana, car accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be able to pursue a civil case against them. Even without a criminal conviction for driving under the influence (DUI), you may be able to hold the at-fault motorist accountable and recover compensation.
Personal injury attorney Randall Sevenish, an Anderson drunk driving accident lawyer from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., may be able to help you navigate the claims process and reach a just settlement based on your damages. Our team can also take your case to civil court if that becomes necessary.
Call (317) 636-7777 today and let a member of the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. team review the merits of your case for free.
Drunk Driving Could Lead to Civil Penalties Regardless of the Outcome of the Criminal Case
When we talk about drunk driving and DUIs in Indiana, it is important that accident victims recognize there are two cases against the drunk driver: the criminal case and the civil case.
Under Sec. 9-30-5-1 of the Indiana Statutes, it is a criminal offense to operate a vehicle while intoxicated. If the police have reason to believe the driver who hit you was drunk, they likely received a citation and may have been arrested. If they face charges and are convicted, a first-time offender could face penalties that include:
- A jail sentence of up to a year
- A fine of up to $5,000
- A license suspension of up to two years
- Other penalties
Regardless of whether or not this driver faces charges or is convicted, you may be able to hold them liable in a civil case. This includes drivers of commercial vehicles, rideshare drivers, and others. Even if there is no concrete evidence they were drunk or drugged at the time of the accident, you can hold them responsible for your expenses and losses and the pain you suffered if you can prove their negligence caused the accident.
At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., we help accident victims pursue justice following Anderson car accidents. Call (317) 636-7777 today to learn more about how we may be able to build a case against the driver who hit you.
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Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. Fights for the Rights of the Injured
Since 1985, Randall Sevenish and the team from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. has worked exclusively for personal injury accident victims. Personal injury accident cases are all that we handle. If we believe you have a case against the drunk driver who caused your Anderson car accident, we want to help you. We can protect your rights and ensure you do not suffer additional losses because of the insurance company or claims process.
We know how to navigate the civil claims process, whether through negotiations with the insurance company or a personal injury lawsuit. If you opt for pro se representation or sign on with a discount law firm and a jack-of-all-trades but master-of-none attorney, you may not have this knowledge and experience on your side. It could cost you thousands of dollars left unclaimed or even lead to the insurance company denying you benefits.
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Calculating a Fair Value for Your Anderson Drunk Driving Accident Claim
One of the keys to recovering a fair payout in any type of car accident case is documenting your injuries, expenses, losses, and any other damages. At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., because all we do is personal injury law, we know where to look and how to uncover harm you may not realize or recall.
We will collect evidence to prove your losses and pursue a fair payout based on them. This could include:
- Current and future non-economic damages, including pain and suffering
- Current and future medical expenses and care costs related to your injuries
- Lost wages and benefits
- Reduced earning ability
- Property damages to your vehicle
- Replacement of other damaged personal property
- Any related out-of-pocket expenses
- Wrongful death damages for families who lost a loved one
- Other related expenses and losses we can demonstrate
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Civil Action May Be Necessary in Some Anderson Drunk Driving Cases
While most successful car accidents and drunk driving cases settle out-of-court, we sometimes need to pursue a civil suit and take a case to trial. Under Sec. 34-11-2 of the Indiana Statutes, we generally have two years following an accident to make this decision and file a lawsuit. If we miss this deadline, the court will likely bar us from financial recovery in the case. It is imperative we understand and follow the timelines set by statute in your case.
If you suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident in Anderson, elsewhere in Madison County, or another nearby area in Indiana, we encourage you to contact Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible about your case. We can get started right after we speak with you and take action as soon as we have a good understanding of your prognosis and future medical needs.
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Speak to a Member of Drunk Driving Car Accident Team
At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., our team offers free reviews of car accident cases. If we review your case and believe there is enough evidence to pursue a financial recovery on your behalf, our Anderson drunk driving accident lawyer will most likely offer to take on your case on a contingency basis.
You can count on our team to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve based on the evidence we uncover. Call (317) 636-7777 today to speak with a member of our car accident team serving Anderson, Indiana.