When you are charged with DUI and personal injury, what do you do? Rafael Gil III of The Gil Law Firm explains steps to take. Based in Dothan, AL, this attorney is devoted to providing strong advocacy for his clients in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Here’s what to do if you face criminal charges for DUI and personal injury:
- Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney: A criminal defense attorney may get the DUI charge dismissed, or negotiate a plea to a lesser offense to avoid a DUI plea or conviction. Otherwise, in Alabama, the DUI can be used against you to prove negligence as a matter of law. That makes it easier to prove personal injury charges and claims against you.
- Notify Your Insurance Company: Your automobile liability insurance policy covers both damage and personal injury—the insurer is likely to appoint an attorney to defend you. Make sure you understand your policy terms and liability limits. If a personal injury lawsuit is filed, it may seek more in damages than your policy covers. It may also seek punitive damages, which insurance policies usually do not cover. If you have an umbrella policy, contact that insurer, too.
- Consult A Personal Injury Attorney: Even if there is evidence that you drank alcoholic beverages before driving, you are not liable automatically for damages from the accident. You can hire a personal injury attorney to investigate the case and develop defenses on your behalf.
Personal injury attorneys at The Gil Law Firm give each case the time and attention needed to produce results that are in the client’s best interest. For experienced attorneys who are ready to serve your needs, contact Rafael Gil III and the Gil Law Firm, in Dothan, AL. Visit the firm online today to learn more, or call (334) 673-0100 to set up your appointment with a personal injury attorney.