If the drunk driver is uninsured, recovering compensation may be more complicated. However, an uninsured drunk driver does not mean you do not have options. Our team can investigate your accident and discuss all potential options for your case.
Your Options for Recovering Compensation After an Accident With an Uninsured Drunk Driver
The first option is making a claim against your own insurer. The second is suing the liable party if they have enough assets to cover the accident.
Your Uninsured Motorist Coverage
Filing a claim with your insurance policy is a viable option if you have uninsured motorist coverage. The Texas Department of Insurance states that drivers must reject uninsured motorist coverage in writing. This means that if you did not reject the coverage in writing, you likely have it.
The compensation you can recover will depend on the specifics of your policy. Our team can ensure you understand the language within your policy.
Your Personal Injury Protection Coverage
Texas insurers are also required to offer Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, which you must also reject in writing. Your PIP policy can cover a portion of your medical bills and lost wages.
While insurers are not required to offer Medical Payments coverage, if you purchased it, you can also put that toward your medical expenses.
The Other Driver
You may also be able to sue the drunk driver. To do so, you must prove that their intoxication was the cause of your accident and injuries. However, this may not be the best option if they do not have enough assets to cover your injuries and losses.
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What Happens If the Drunk Driver Is Not the Vehicle’s Owner?
Drunk drivers may not be solely at fault for any accidents they cause. If the drunk driver does not own the vehicle, you can make a personal injury claim against the owner. The owner may be the driver’s employer, parent, or guardian.
If another person owns the vehicle the intoxicated person was driving, you can likely hold the car owner liable. If a car owner gives someone permission to drive their vehicle, they are typically liable for any accidents that occur.
Steps to Take After an Accident Involving a Drunk Driver
There are several things you can do after an accident to protect yourself and your right to compensation:
Obtain Medical Treatment
The first thing you should do after an accident is to get treated for any injuries sustained.
Get a Copy of the Police Report
You should also call the police and wait at a secure location near the crash site. Police officers will come to the scene and draft a report. You will likely need a copy of that report to file a claim with your uninsured motorist policy.
Check the Terms of Your Policy
Once you have received treatment, check your car insurance policy. This will help you know if you have uninsured motorist coverage.
Report the Accident to Your Insurer
You should also contact your insurance provider and inform it of the accident.
Contact a Lawyer to Review Your Options After an Accident
Once you have obtained medical attention, contact a lawyer. A lawyer can help you determine the best option for recovering compensation for your injuries.
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Recoverable Compensation After a Wreck With an Uninsured Drunk Driver
What you can recover after an accident with an uninsured drunk driver depends on the policy you file against as well as whether you decide to sue the driver.
You could recover compensation for:
- The medical expenses incurred both currently and in the future
- Any wages lost due to the accident
- Effect on future earning capacity
- Miscellaneous expenses related to the accident
- Mental anguish
- Pain and psychological distress
We can help you recover compensation if you lost a loved one due to a drunk driver.
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Our Team Can Help You If the Drunk Driver Who Caused Your Accident Was Uninsured
A member of our team can help you explore your options after an accident with an uninsured drunk driver. We offer a free consultation to explore your options.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins to discuss your case today. You pay no upfront costs or fees and owe us nothing unless and until you recover compensation.