Residents in the Wichita area, particularly those in Dodge City, Liberal and Garden City should be aware of the number of alcohol-involved accidents on Kansas roadways. During 2014, 2,400 accidents were flagged as drunk driving accidents. As a result, 109 people lost their lives and an additional 1,411 were injured. What is really interesting about this fact that there may be many more people injured due to distracted driving by people who are on their phones texting, looking at maps and GPS instructions, apps and even worse, taking photos and sending snapchats while driving.
What Rights to Drunk Driver Victims Have?
Because Kansas has a "no fault" auto insurance law, the victims of drunk drivers need to understand what options they have. Even when the injuries you suffer are catastrophic, insurance companies will do everything in their power to deny your claim. At Brad Pistotnik Law, we can help victims get the compensation they are entitled to. However, it's important that you act as quickly as possible, since the statutes of limitations is only two years after the accident for an adult and for a child it may be longer, but we have to talk to you personally to tell you the accurate time frame. If the statute of limitations expires, you lose your case forever. We can help you recover:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs if you’ve lost a loved one
- Pain, suffering and mental anguish
- Wentling damages if you have a wrongful death case
- Loss of Consortium for damages that your wife or husband lost
Victims who suffer disfigurement, broken bones, permanent injuries or those families who have lost a loved one due to a drunk driver have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the responsible driver. We are committed to aggressively representing you and helping you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries to help you recover financially after the loss of a loved one.
What Information Does a Kansas Accident Lawyer Need?
Immediately following an accident with a drunk driver, it's important you make sure you gather as much information as possible. Witnesses at the scene including pedestrians, shop keepers and other drivers' contact information should be obtained whenever possible. Photographs of the area, including traffic signals, road signs and even documentation of weather conditions can all be helpful to your Kansas accident lawyer.
The more information you gather, the better. Your Kansas accident lawyer will want to see your medical records, use the photographs as evidence, and talk to any witnesses who may have seen the accident. When you schedule a consultation, we'll go through the entire scenario and tell you what documents will be helpful for pursuing your claim.
Taking Care of Yourself and Discussing your Claim
Victims should always be seen by a medical professional immediately and avoid speaking with an insurance adjuster until they've spoken with a personal injury lawyer. Remember, insurance companies are not there to make sure you get the compensation you're entitled to. They're interested in protecting their bottom line meaning lower payments on claims. Even the most innocent sounding questions can give insurers information used to deny your claim.
Finding A Drunk Driver Personal Injury Lawyer
When you have been involved in an accident, you want to work with a lawyer who has a proven track record. Our lawyers are licensed in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and we do Pro Hac Vice work in Texas and other states as well. This means we can help victims of all types of drunk driving accidents. We have settled accident claims for millions of dollars in some cases. We fight for victims of all types of catastrophic car accidents including drunk driving accidents.
Every accident is different and we will provide you with the best possible legal representation for your claim. We won't rest until you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries or the loss of a loved one.
If you have lost a loved one through negligence or you have suffered a catastrophic injury and need a Kansas accident lawyer, call Brad Pistotnik Law anytime 24 hours a day at 1-800-241-BRAD or 316-684-4400 or on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can also reach Tony Atterbury on his cell phone at 316-617-9237. Our office is located at 10111 E. 21st Street N, Ste. 204, Wichita, KS 67206.