WV DUI Accident Injury Attorney
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Each day, dozens of Americans are killed by drunk drivers – and West Virginia has the highest rate of DUI-related crashes in the country. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, one person died every 48 minutes (more than 10,000 during the year) in 2017. The rate of individuals seriously injured by drunk drivers is many times this. If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one as a result of the actions of a drunk or impaired driver, contact the proven DUI injury firm of Angotti & Straface Attorneys at Law L.C. right away. Time is of the essence!
DUI Criminal versus Civil Court Cases
in most DUI-related accidents, in addition to your civil case, criminal charges will be filed against the at-fault party. It is important to keep in mind that while the government’s criminal case is intended to punish the responsible party, that case will generally not provide you with the financial compensation you need to pay the medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and other losses you incurred as a result of the accident. You must file a civil case to access the financial damages you are entitled to receive by law. If Angotti & Straface will be representing you in your civil case, our legal team will be able to access additional information from the criminal case to support you in court. Therefore, it is important to contact our DUI legal team right away so that we can investigate all of the facts to prepare the best and most effective representation on your behalf.
Can I Sue the Bar for the DUI Accident and My Injuries?
In some cases involving drunk drivers, you may be eligible to file a claim against a West Virginia establishment responsible for serving the at-fault party. If a bar violates West Virginia’s “Dram Shop Law” (West Virginia Code § 60-3-22) and other applicable statutes providing for recovery, you may be able to pursue additional financial compensation for your losses from the establishment responsible for serving the drunk driver. Liability is presented in the Dram Shop Law that clearly prohibits the sale of alcoholic liquors and beer to any person who is:
- Mentally Incompetent
- Addicted to Any Controlled Substance
- A Habitual Drunkard
- Under Age 21
Angotti & Straface Attorneys at Law offers a free initial consultation to help accident victims throughout all of West Virginia learn more about their right to pursue financial (and possible punitive) compensation against the at-fault parties whose actions caused their injuries. If you have good reason to believe that the drunk driver who hit you met the above criteria, the law may allow you to seek recovery of damages. Contact us to discover what your options are. Call: (304) 292-4381.