During the holidays, the chances of being hit by a drunk driver usually increase, and it's all the more imperative to contact a local car accident lawyer if this happens. Because drunk driving cases are obviously criminal acts, you can seek punitive damages as a separate course of action from civil damages against the drunk driver. When you seek punitive damages, you're seeking out direct compensation from the driver to pay you for your money losses due to medical bills.
It does take time to build these cases, however. Here at the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr., we'll do a number of things to build this kind of case for you. With devastating injuries frequently at the forefront, evidence may be a process of gradual accumulation.
Seeking Evidence from Both Sides
Our first course of action is to always seek as much evidence as possible, including right when the drunken driving accident occurs. Even though you may be injured at the scene and can't readily call us, having someone you know call us (with your consent) can make a difference. However, if this can't happen, it doesn't necessarily create major problems in your case. Our investigations are going to be thorough, including hiring private investigators if necessary.
While we'll investigate the accident scene (including any traffic video footage that's available), we'll also gather evidence from the drunk driver's side. This includes obtaining their sobriety test and showing a jury definitive proof they were drunk when they hit you.
Of course, we'll also compile your medical records to show the extent of your injuries. Compensation for pain and suffering can additionally be sought out based on the extent of your injuries and how it could affect your life in the future.
It doesn't stop there with evidence, including witnesses who saw the drunk driver hit your car. While we know witnesses can sometimes be unreliable, we'll make sure what they say lines up with the facts we find.
Contact us right away here at the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. if you've been in a drunken driving car accident. With still far too many drunk drivers out there, we're here for you to fight for justice against the poor judgment of an individual who affected your life forever.