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What can I do after being hit by a drunk driver?

First of all, please accept our condolences if you or your loved one has been involved in a car accident with a drunk driver. It is hard enough to be involved in any kind of car wreck, but one caused by a drunk driver only adds to the devastation.

Now, to answer your question of what you can do: You can make the drunk driver pay a price. Plain and simple, accidents caused by drunk drivers are unacceptable. You can help send that message by holding the drunk driver and any other responsible parties accountable for what they have done.

Filing a civil claim against the drunk driver

In most situations, the drunk driver will be facing criminal charges for his or her illegal actions. However, you can hold the drunk driver and/or other responsible parties civilly liable as well.

The law allows victims of drunk driving accidents and their families to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Additional damages, known as punitive damages, may also be available and they can double or even triple the award for accident victims and their families.

However, it's not easy to successfully seek punitive damages, especially in Mississippi, where insurance companies have twisted the laws in their favor. But by working with an experienced and aggressive personal injury lawyer, victims can greatly improve their chances of success.

How an effective lawyer can help

Whether you are interested in maximizing the compensation that you or your loved one is entitled to, or you simply want to help send the message that drunk driving is not acceptable, an effective personal injury attorney is your best bet.

Your insurance company has its own best interests in mind, and the drunk driver's insurer will be doing everything possible to limit your claim. You need someone who knows the law and will advocate on your behalf. You need someone you can trust.

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