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What Happens If a Drunk Driver Injures Me In a Car Accident?

If you were injured in a car accident by a drunk driver, you have the legal right to recover money damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement and future medical care. You may also be able to collect "punitive damages", which are additional money damages due to the drunk driver's reckless or "willful" conduct of driving while intoxicated and harming you. You have the same rights if you were injured by a driver who was under the influence of drugs or other illegal substances.

Even if the driver who caused the crash was drunk or under the influence, that driver's insurance company will still hire lawyers to defend that driver and attempt to prevent you from receiving your full recovery. Thus, it is important to hire a qualified personal injury attorney quickly after your crash involving a drunk driver.

Sometimes the drunk driver's insurance policy isn't large enough to fully compensate you for your losses. In that situation we can help you uncover other options to pay your medical bills, and find additional sources of money recovery, such as uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. You may be able to recover money damages from a bar or some other establishment that over-served the drunk driver causing the intoxication. We will be able to investigate the source of the alcohol, the level of intoxication, and where the intoxication took place. Exploring each of these factors will allow us to recover full and fair compensation to the maximum extent possible.

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid is experienced in handling cases involving crashes caused by drunk and under the influence drivers. Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continues to handle all types of car, motorcycle and truck accident cases along with wrongful death and other personal injury cases for clients in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, and Kendall Counties, including Chicago, Wheaton, Joliet, Geneva and the entire of the Chicagoland area.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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