Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. That is one death every 50 minutes.
People who choose to drive after drinking quickly convert their car or truck into a two-ton missile. Study after study has shown that drunk driving increases, not only the likelihood of an accident, but also, the severity of the crash. Virginia criminal law punishes these drivers for putting innocent people at risk, however, that does not pay for the victim’s injuries, medical bills and lost wages.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, getting solid legal counsel now will have a direct impact on if, and how much, you are compensated later.
Our Weiner, Spivey & Miller team will fight for you to receive the compensation you need and deserve. With over 190 years of combined experience in advocating for the injured, our attorneys are seasoned experts. Our extensive experience in handling personal injury cases has earned our clients substantial settlements and jury awards, and has earned us the respect of our legal colleagues.
Drunk Driver’s Actions Result in Coma and Death:
Richard was making a quick trip to the bank, when a drunk driver pulled out directly in front of him from a side street. Richard couldn't stop in time and the two cars collided. While initially, Richard seemed fine, he collapsed at the scene just after EMTs arrived. At the hospital, Richard fell into a coma from internal injuries and brain damage. The doctors were clear that he would not regain consciousness. Six days later, his wife, Linda, had to make the hardest of decisions -- to withdraw Richard from life support. Richard was 79 and had been in good health and had had an active lifestyle. Lawson Spivey negotiated a settlement of $825,000, which was the entire amount of the drunk driver's auto insurance policy; and the "under-insured" motorist coverage (UIM) from Richard and Linda's own auto insurance policy.
Pedestrian Struck in Crosswalk by Drunk Driver:
Amanda, 60 years old, was an avid runner and participated in marathons periodically. Her work as a military contractor involved extensive international travel. She and her husband were walking in a crosswalk in Old Town Alexandria, when Amanda was struck by a car. She suffered fractures to her tibia and fibula, just below her left knee, as well as nerve damage in her left leg. The defendant had been drinking at a nearby restaurant. He made a sudden left turn to avoid a traffic light that had just turned red a block ahead. The driver was charged with DUI. The accident had a significant impact on Amanda’s mobility. The highest offer from the defendant’s insurance company was $240,000. Gene Miller and Ed Weiner tried the case. The jury awarded Amanda $550,000.
Tragic Crash While Brother at the Wheel:
Andres, a 42 year-old married father of five, was a hard worker who loved to play soccer on Sundays. Andres was a passenger in his brother's car after a game, when his brother, who was driving under the influence, lost control of his car and crossed the median. Their car was struck by a driver heading in the opposite direction. Andres was killed. Ed Weiner obtained a settlement for $100,000 --the total of amount available from all auto insurance policies. Ed then guided the family through court approval of the distribution of funds for Andres' dependents.
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