Drunk Driving Accidents
Fighting For Your Rights In West Virginia
Drunk drivers are responsible for many deaths and severe injuries throughout the state of West Virginia. These criminally negligent drivers can destroy lives, as well as leave families in shock and suffering unimaginable loss when a loved one is severely injured or killed in a drunk driving accident.
Drunk drivers must be held accountable for their actions. At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, our drunk driving accident attorneys are well versed on personal injury law, and are committed to helping victims and their families pursue the maximum compensation for damages.
Drunk driving accident victims may be eligible to file a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, loss of past and future income, the costs of rehabilitation, as well as pain and suffering (loss of quality of life) they have been forced to endure. Civil lawsuits are separate legal actions from any criminal charges a drunk driver will be facing.
In cases where an individual is killed in a drunk driving car accident in West Virginia, family members may have the right to pursue compensation by filing a wrongful death civil lawsuit. These damages include, but are not limited to, mental anguish, sorrow or emotional distress, solace, pain and suffering, medical and hospital expenses, loss of the decedent's income, and loss of the decedent's protection, comfort, care, assistance or services.
Understanding the law in West Virginia drunk driving accidents
West Virginia is a comparative negligence state, meaning the amount of compensation a victim is eligible to receive may be reduced if it is determined he or she was partially at fault for causing the accident. As long as the victim is less than 50 percent responsible for the accident, damages can be sought, but the value of the damages will be reduced based on the percentage of fault.
These are emotional cases for the family, and our legal team understands the difficulties these legal issues often present. We take the problem off your plate, so you can focus on caring for your health, or for your loved one, while we do the hard work to get your claim or lawsuit resolved. Our team cares about providing the best legal help for drunk driving accident victims, and we know how to use West Virginia's drunk driving laws to your advantage.
If you or a loved family member has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, we urge you to contact an attorney at our firm immediately. We will carefully manage every detail of your claim, and help you to fight for the justice you deserve.