As experienced Buffalo personal injury lawyers, we have seen the devastation caused by drunk drivers who cause accidents leading to serious personal injury.
While each case is unique, it is our goal to obtain as much compensation as possible under the circumstances for those injured in such motor vehicle accidents.
While there is technically no limit on the amount of compensation that someone who has been injured by a drunk driver may pursue, in most cases there are practical limitations to the amount of compensation that is obtainable.
Ultimately, the amount available will be limited be many factors.Usually, the most important of these factors are the degree of injury and the amount of insurance available.
Even when suing a drunk driver, the amount that a person may ultimately recover in damages will be driven by how seriously he or she was injured.
This means that a less severely injured person usually will recover less than someone with truly life-changing injuries, regardless of whether the driver who caused the injury was intoxicated.
The other limiting factor in many personal injury cases involving drunk drivers is the amount of insurance coverage available.
While it is possible to sue a drunk driver for more than the available insurance, the law protects many of the personal assets of someone being sued.
As a result, in many cases there is very little available beyond the amount that may be obtained from the drunk driver’s insurance company.
In cases where a drunk driver has caused truly severe injuries, however, an experienced personal injury lawyer will fully explore what assets are available in addition to insurance.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, we can answer your questions regarding your legal rights at 585-484-7432.