Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Montana and Wyoming
According to CBS News, Montana and Wyoming rank 12th and 13th, respectively, among the states with the highest percentage of drunk drivers. This serious problem translates to thousands of accidents per year.
At Ragain & Clark, PC, we are passionate about helping accident victims and their families hold drunk drivers accountable. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience in cases involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death. We limit our caseload so that we can devote our personal attention to every client and we do not hesitate to fight for our clients’ rights at trial.
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FAQs: What are Your Legal Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident in Montana or Wyoming?
Q: Does auto insurance cover drunk driving accidents?
Yes. If you or your loved one was hit by a drunk driver who has auto insurance, then his or her bodily injury liability (BIL) policy should provide coverage for your accident-related losses.
Q: How can I prove that the driver who hit me was drunk?
The evidence that is available to prove that a driver was drunk varies from case to case. Often, drunk drivers will admit to being intoxicated at the scene of the accident, and witnesses or the responding officer can testify as to what was said. If the driver was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), this arrest may help to prove your claim as well, although there are limits on the relevance of criminal DUI proceedings to personal injury and wrongful death claims. Open containers, receipts from bars, liquor stores and restaurants, testimony from bartenders and servers, and various other types of evidence may be available as well.
Q: Does it matter whether the driver who hit me is convicted of DUI?
Ultimately, no. Even if the driver manages to avoid a DUI conviction, you can still pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Among other reasons, the legal standards in criminal and civil cases are different. While a criminal jury must be convinced that the driver was drunk “beyond a reasonable doubt,” you only need to prove “by a preponderance of the evidence” that the driver was at fault in the accident.
Q: How are drunk driving accident cases different from other auto accident claims?
Drunk driving accident cases are similar to other types of auto accident claims, with the exception that victims’ injuries generally tend to be more severe. Since drunk drivers are not in control of their faculties, they are unable to undertake the actions that sober drivers instinctively take (such as swerving or braking) in order to mitigate the severity of a collision.
Q: Will your lawyers handle my case on a contingency-fee basis?
Yes, we handle all motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. Your initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing unless we win just compensation.
Speak with a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer at Ragain & Clark, PC
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident in Montana or Wyoming, our lawyers are here to help you. To get started with a complimentary initial consultation, please call 406-651-8888 or inquire online today.