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Can I Still Make a Claim Even Though the Driver Who Hit Me Was Drunk?

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I’d like to tell you a bit about a young lady who came to my office. She was a waitress here, in Fresno. She was on her way home to see her three-year-old son for his birthday party. There was much anticipation, and she couldn’t wait to see him. As she was heading down West Shaw Avenue, suddenly the car ahead of her made a sharp left turn into her. She swerved her car to avoid it and fractured all the bones in her right hand.

It turned out later that the driver who hit her was drunk, and she was subsequently prosecuted by the district attorney’s office. She asked me, “Can I still make a claim even though the driver who hit me was drunk?” Well, the answer to that is most definitely, “Yes”. The claims are made just as if the driver had not been drunk, to the other driver’s insurance company. She could make a claim for her car damage, she could claim her medical bills, and she could claim for the many weeks that she missed as a waitress because she was unable to hold the tray and perform her duties. Not only could she claim all those components, but she was also entitled to make a restitution claim in criminal court as a victim. We were successful in this case in claiming restitution, and she got back many of the bills that I just spoke to you about. Plus, in her instance, she was able to recover attorney’s fees for the time she spent on her civil case.

If you were in an accident that involved a drunk driver and have questions about making a claim, contact Nunes Law, Inc. at (559) 702-5124.

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