Gresham Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Drunk driving accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. Mistakes drunk drivers often make, such as excessive speeding and driving the wrong way, can lead to high-velocity impacts and life-threatening personal injuries for victims. At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, we help crash victims and surviving loved ones bring personal injury claims for their damages in Gresham, Oregon. You may have a case against the drunk driver, the dram shop and/or other parties. Please call (503) 226-6361 today to discuss your drunk driving accident claim.

Why Choose Us?

How Can a Drunk Driving Lawyer Help?

An insurance claim or civil case involving a drunk driver can be difficult to navigate as an injured victim. Complicated state laws and dishonest insurance companies can make it hard to obtain fair compensation for your serious or traumatic losses. Hiring a lawyer helps you with the claims process and better enables you to go up against a drunk driver and his or her insurance company. Your lawyer can negotiate a fair settlement based on your losses while you focus on the future. A lawyer can also represent you during a DUI accident trial if a settlement is not possible.

Criminal vs. Civil Drunk Driving Claims

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is against the law in Oregon. The illegal blood alcohol concentration limit for a driver in the state is 0.08%. Even with a lower amount of alcohol in a driver’s system, he or she could face a DUI charge and be liable for an auto accident. A DUI is a criminal charge that can lead to penalties against the culprit such as fines and jail time. State and county prosecutors in Oregon are responsible for bringing criminal DUI charges against the driver – not victims of the car accident.

As a crash survivor, you have the power to bring a civil claim. A civil claim alleges that the drunk driver (the defendant) caused your injuries. A claim also demands an amount of money you will accept from the defendant to settle your case and consider it resolved. A strong initial demand letter, written with help from a lawyer, could make for a faster settlement. Some DUI cases must proceed to civil trials, however, for fair compensation from the drunk driver’s insurance provider. If you believe you have grounds for a civil DUI claim against a drunk driver, you must file the paperwork within two years of the date of your car accident.

Are You Eligible for Damages? Find Out Today

A successful civil claim after a drunk driving accident in Gresham could result in financial compensation for many of your damages – including medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, disability-related costs, vehicle repairs, and legal fees. You may receive the money you and your family need to finally move forward with assistance from an attorney.

At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, we can help you with a case against a drunk driver in Gresham. We can also explore your ability to file a dram shop liability claim – a claim against the establishment that furnished the drunk driver with alcohol. This could result in greater compensation than a case against the drunk driver alone. Discuss your drunk driving accident case in more detail with our attorneys today. Contact us for a free consultation.