Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. Settles Drunk Driving Accident Claim

Our client had just gotten off of work as a security guard at a local night

spot. It was the early morning hours on a Sunday and he was on his way

home after a long day of work. While stopped at a red light, he was suddenly

and unexpectedly hit from behind by a

drunk driver. The force of the impact was significant and nearly totaled our client’s

vehicle. Rather than stop, the intoxicated driver, attempted to flee the

scene of the wreck, but lost control of his vehicle and hit a telephone

pole disabling his vehicle and preventing him from getting away.

An Atlanta police officer was dispatched to the scene. The drunk driver,

tried to tell the police officer that he was not intoxicated as he “only”

had four to six beers and was just tired. When asked to perform field

sobriety tests, the drunk driver refused and was ultimately charged with

refusing to take a breathalyzer. Despite feeling some pain in his lower

back and neck, our client was hoping that he was okay and decided to go

home rather than get medical treatment that night. As is the case with

many victims of personal injury, our client was sincerely hoping that

he was not injured and simply wanted to put the incident behind him. The

next day, our client began experiencing excruciating back pain and the

pain ultimately forced him to seek medical attention.

Before coming to our firm, the client spoke to another attorney who was

dismissive of the client’s case because he thought the client only

had “soft tissue injuries.” After hearing about our success

against drunk drivers, we were contacted and went to work right away.

After investigating the background of the drunk driver we learned that

although he did not have any prior convictions for drunk driving, he did

have an extensive driving history and had two speeding tickets and another

wreck in the year before this car accident. Armed with this information,

we presented the claim to the drunk driver’s insurance company.

Despite the fact that our client incurred about $4,750.00 in medical bills

and had made a full recovery from his injuries, we felt that the claim

was worth the liability policy limits of $50,000.00 due to the conduct

of the drunk driver and his prior driving history. The insurance company

responded with an offer of $18,500.00. We reiterated our position that

the claim was worth $50,000.00 and the insurance company told us that

they were only going to offer $18,500.00. In response to this offer, we

immediately filed a lawsuit against the drunk driver and within two weeks

of filing the lawsuit, we were able to convince the insurance company

to offer us the full $50,000.00 to settle the claim.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a drunk driver, a personal

injury lawyer at Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. stands willing and

ready to make sure to get you the compensation you deserve.