Losing a family member or other loved one is always difficult and can have financial as well as emotional implications. Losing someone unexpectedly is usually even more difficult. Furthermore, losing a loved one in a completely preventable accident due to someone else’s reckless behavior always seems like a senseless tragedy. In addition to any financial difficulties, the families of drunk driving victims often feel an overwhelming need to seek justice for their deceased loved one. Under these tragic circumstances, a wrongful death lawsuit will help you receive both the monetary compensation and feeling of justice for your loved one that you deserve. The dedicated and experienced wrongful death attorneys at Shane Smith Law in Fayette County can help you in this difficult time.
Everyone should know that driving under the influence (DUI) is against the law. When a person causes an accident because they break the law, a court will find them to be “negligent per se.” This means that, by breaking the law, a court will find that they were automatically negligent in their illegal actions. Therefore, in order to prevail in a wrongful death claim after a DUI accident, you must sufficiently prove in court that the other driver was, in fact, driving while under the influence of alcohol. There are several ways to go about this, such as using BAC blood or breathalyzer tests taken by law enforcement. However, the other party’s attorney will try to disprove your DUI claim, so it is important to have a DUI accident attorney who knows how to present evidence in a way sufficient to prove your claim.
If you have suddenly lost a loved one in a DUI accident, you deserve compensation for your losses. Losses may include medical and funeral expenses, lost household income, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering. At Shane Smith Law, we work to make sure you receive the settlement you deserve after a wrongful death. Call our office today (980) 246-2656 as we are here to help you in your difficult time.