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Chad BurnettChad Burnett
16:28 30 Oct 23
I hired Mullen & Mullen following a motor vehicle collision. I could not be more pleased with the Dallas personal injury lawyers I selected. They are the real deal! I was always kept in the loop on case developments. My attorneys sent the at-fault liability carrier multiple demands to make them agree to pay the policy limits. My lawyers also sent my own insurance company several demands to get them to offer me nearly the policy limits. A lot of attorneys would have given up and just recommended filing a lawsuit but Mullen & Mullen kept pounding the insurance companies until they did the right thing. This saved me a tremendous amount of money and time. I'm so very grateful that I found ethical, tenacious, and skilled attorneys to represent me. Mullen & Mullen gets my highest recommendation if you need a Dallas car accident attorney.C. Burnett
Diane WallaceDiane Wallace
17:43 26 Oct 23
Mullen and Mullen did an absolutely brilliant job representing me in an injury lawsuit and getting me maximum settlement results. I recommend them highly!
Mari HksMari Hks
17:38 04 Oct 23
Highly recommend this law firm, Josh took care of my case he was very nice and professional along with everyone else.
Zac CanidaZac Canida
17:14 26 Sep 23
I’m only 22 and this was the first case I’ve ever had, I got recommended Mullen and Mullen by a friend who has used them plenty of times and said nothing but good things about them. I have yet to see or hear anything that contradicts her statements! Everyone on the Mullen and Mullen team has been super helpful and kind to me by explaining everything that had and needs to be done to get the case in the right direction. Greg especially has been very helpful by keeping me updated and answering any questions I might have about the situation, he’s been an amazing help and I’m glad I was able to get him assigned to help me get what I deserve from my car accident. Very professional and fast responses, If you are ever injured in a car accident I 100% recommend this team to fight for you, ask for Greg!
sisay Aberasisay Abera
15:50 13 Sep 23
Highly recommend this law firm, filled with very nice and professional people who put their clients first. Josh took care of my case and were able to reduce my medical bills significantly which was awesome! Very pleased and glad I had them to work on my car accident case.Thank you, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm
Terrie RachallTerrie Rachall
20:13 28 Jul 23
Joe Morrison with Mullen and Mullen was fantastic representing me for an injury on someone's property. He kept me updated through the entire 2 year process. If I had any questions, Joe took the time to personally take my call and provide answers. Joe negotiated a settlement very quickly and ensured I received a fair settlement. I highly recommend Mullen and Mullen and would hire them again if I need help in the future. Best experience with any lawyer I have ever had!!
Alex MalcolmAlex Malcolm
22:05 17 May 23
I was injured in a motorcycle accident, and Shane Mullen took on my case with determination and empathy. His attention to detail and commitment to my case led to a favorable outcome. I'm grateful for his hard work and highly recommend Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.
I was involved in a car accident in Dallas texas off mockingbird. I was T bone by someone who had ran a red light. Me being a young female, I felt lost and taken advantage of by the other parties insurance.I chose Mullen Mullen because they were the only law firm who physically wanted to meet me and hear my side. They helped me with all on the medical assistance that I needed . Although it was a lot of therapy, I was really happy with the doctors they sent me to. Josh was very welcoming and I honest in the process. Every time I felt so at ease after speaking with him. I am so happy I had him on my case. Very hands on. Highly recommend!!!
Camry AdamsCamry Adams
16:21 14 Dec 22
Karen Lavigne is my name, and I had a great experience with Mullen & Mullen. Josh and Jessica was very patient and informative. If I had to decide again on which law firm to go with it would be Mullen & Mullen. Very transparent about ALL of my money down to the penny. I definitely recommend.
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14:57 01 Oct 22
It Honestly baffles me to see ANY negative or low reviews on this law firm. My case is far from over, however, I have never known a lawyer or law firm to not only give you their personal cell phone number but to also respond within 15 minutes. Never a complaint on the 10 plus text messages asking questions or the 2-3 paragraph e-mails. Never telling you it's to late or they are off the clock. They are NEVER off the clock. This firm has two or three lawyers dealing with numerous clients and STILL manage to do all they can to make you feel you are the only one. Try to remember they are human. They truly do everything to put you and your recovery first. The process is long but not something they have any control over. They don't control the Dr. Appointments or your recovery. They will help you find amazing Dr.s then it's up to you to be proactive in your recovery and keeping your appointments. It's been over a year and a half since my injury and my amazing, patient, and hardworking Attorney Joe has been here with me every step of the way. Hundreds of 5 star reviews. 3 or 4 low ones. You do the math.
Paul SPaul S
21:36 05 Sep 22
Mullen and Mullen are the best personal injury team in DFW. When you hire Mullen and Mullen, you have the best personal injury attorneys in DFW. You are getting the best support staff in the state of Texas.Knowing every case is unique. My case took 3 years to complete. My team was professional in the face of a lot of stalling tactics. Without a bat of an eye, the team turned up the heat on the defense for the best possible outcome for all parties.Without details, this group changed not only my life. Mullen and Mullen helped me change my outlook on life after the accident.The most important lessons I learned: 1) Do not try to navigate an personal injury case no matter the cause 2) Listen and follow the advice of your attorney. Get the best in Texas.Shane and Paul, thank you from me and my family.
Larry JohnsonLarry Johnson
17:00 06 Jul 22
I would like to thank Mullen and Mullen for the great service I received. I was involved in an accident and they really helped me out. I worked with the paralegal named Josh and he really made everything a simple process. Josh did a wonderful job and I couldn't be happier!
yolanda Rodriguezyolanda Rodriguez
23:17 15 Jun 22
I love they way they work and communication is the best, they will reach out to you and see if you need anything. Questions you have them they will answer you. Josh is an excelente person that help me so much he was always there for me and if I called him he would return my call as fast as he could. He explained everything I asked and I was really comfortable with him. Josh you are an awesome person. Thank you for everything. I love their services n I would highly reconmand them. Mullen and Mullen are there for you as soon as you call them.
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In the last 3 years, we’ve made TopVerdict’s annual Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times.

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Top St. Louis Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Who Settle For More

YOU CAN TRUST OUR FAMILY TO FIGHT FOR YOURS™

If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, our dedicated attorneys in St. Louis will vigorously pursue the highest possible settlement for your case, all while providing you with the lowest contingency fee. We’ll hold the intoxicated driver responsible and investigate whether a bar, restaurant, or other establishment might share liability for over-serving the impaired motorist under the “Dram Shop” principle. Your case will receive the same level of attention and care as we would want for our ourselves.

Mullen & Mullen has consistently gained recognition from TopVerdict for securing some of the largest compensation packages in the entire state of Texas. Over the past three years, our firm has secured a place on the “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list in Texas an impressive 43 times. In one of those years, we achieved 19 out of the “Top 50” results, all related to clients injured in motor vehicle accidents. Our exceptional track record enables us to offer a below-industry-standard pre-suit contingency fee of just 29%, ensuring more money remains in your pocket. The standard industry fee is 33%-35%.

Our highly dedicated local team has been helping victims of drunk driving accidents for over 40 years. We possess a strong work ethic and genuine concern for your well-being. Contact us at (314) 465-8733 now to schedule a free consultation and receive expert advice.

What Your Attorney Says

Our firm leaves no stone unturned in DWI investigations.

A drunk person who opts to get behind the wheel sometimes causes consequences that shatter lives. We represent individuals, and their families, who have experienced the devastation caused by a drunk driver.

We hold drunk drivers accountable for the harm they cause because of their recklessly negligent actions. Holding them accountable for their actions may include seeking punitive damages on your behalf. The point of such damages is to punish the drunk driver for their behavior and to dissuade others from engaging in the same behavior in the future.

We also hold bars, restaurants, and other alcohol-serving establishments responsible for their part in the matter as well. In any drunk driving case, it’s possible one overserved an obviously intoxicated person. If they did, you can possibly hold such an establishment financially responsible for their actions by filing a “dram shop” / bar liability cause of action.

How Two Clients Recently Recovered More than $1 Million in Damages

Recently, we represented two spouses who were hit by a drunk driver as they enjoyed a ride on their motorcycle. We were fortunately able to quickly get in contact with the drunk driver. This is usually nearly impossible to do. Also, we were able to get the drunk driver to share that they had been overserved at a nearby bar, even though they were under 21. To say the least, it is very difficult to find and get in contact with a drunk driver.

All of this was extremely fortunate. While we spoke with the drunk driver, she also gave us the name of the bar she had been drinking at. Next, we filed a complaint with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, or TABC, which is where the incident happened. Because of our contact, they began an investigation into the matter. To maintain the integrity of the claim, we also shared evidence with the TABC agent assigned to investigate the matter.

Eventually, we were able to secure $60,000 from the driver. This was their full policy liability limit. In addition, the bar that chose to overserve the underage drunk driver was required to pay $1,000,000. This was also their full liquor liability policy limit. What really worked out the best was the fact that we did not have to file a lawsuit on behalf of our clients! This, of course, meant that our client saved a lot of time and money. Nothing feels more rewarding than when we score a quick victory for our clients and make the local community slightly safer at the same time.

Shane V. Mullen
Eagle

Our Results Speak For Themselves

Gross Settlements Before Fees & Expenses

We have achieved numerous multimillion-dollar settlements across all practice areas, but we are restricted from displaying some very large results due to settlement confidentiality. Here are a few recent results without confidentiality agreements:

$6,150,000.00
Work Accident

$4,000,000.00
Wrongful Death

$2,978,104.95
Vehicle Accident

$2,550,000.00
Vehicle Accident

$2,550,000.00
Vehicle Accident

$2,250,000.00
Premises Liability

Why Choose Mullen & Mullen to Handle Your Case?

According to TopVerdict.com, our Dallas attorneys consistently achieve some of the highest recoveries in the state of Texas. As a matter of fact, in the last three years we’ve made their “Texas Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. For example, in 2021 one of our claims made the Top 10 list, eight made the Top 11-20 list, and ten made the Top 21-50 list. When you factor in our reduced 29% contingency fee, we are confident we will help you recover more. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on routinely recovering full policy limits for our clients without the necessity of costly and time-consuming litigation.

We have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technology through well-established relationships with medical doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists, counselors, and other healthcare providers in the entire DFW Metroplex. You receive the quality medical attention you need from local providers near where you live or work. These providers specialize in treating people hurt in accidents of all kinds and they know how to properly document injuries to meet the legal burden of proof in your personal injury case. These providers are also willing to delay billing collections until after your case is resolved so you can focus on recovering without additional stress. Physicians that don’t routinely treat accident victims as part of their practice usually turn away patients over fear of being involved in the legal process or fear of health insurance companies refusing to pay accident-related healthcare bills. Please call us at 214-747-5240 for a free consultation and some advice.

Even if you don’t have health insurance or can’t afford your deductible, Mullen & Mullen will secure you the quality healthcare and state-of-the art diagnostics you deserve with no upfront out of pocket costs.

Shane, Joseph and Regis have almost 100 years of combined experience practicing personal injury law. That doesn’t even include the combined experience of the attorneys that serve as of-counsel to Mullen & Mullen at no additional cost to our clients. Our firm continues to evolve, but we never forget our Core Values. We do the right thing, handle cases the way we would want our own case handled, and we truly listen to clients. We have over 40 years of local knowledge, and that matters!

Some lawyers forget that they represent the client, but we never have. Our legal team will make YOU the priority. You are the boss, and we will respond quickly to your requests for case updates and assistance. We guarantee that when you need to speak to your counsel, you will speak directly to your counsel, not to a paralegal or secretary, because that’s the way it should be.

Most firms hire an investigator to help develop evidence on your case and charge you back for that service. Our firm, however, has 2 full-time accident investigators on staff and we offer their services to you for free. This is another way we will maximize your compensation.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Video footage is worth a lot more. Our in-house videographer allows us to capture the true impact the accident has on your life beyond mere words on a piece of paper.

When necessary, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm uses cutting edge technology like 3D imaging videos to fully demonstrate the extent of our clients’ injuries to the insurance companies. This also helps maximize the value of your claim.

Mullen & Mullen’s attorneys live and work right here in Dallas, and always have. We believe in paying our success forward by helping people in the North Texas community, and are dedicated to supporting these local charities.

About Our Highly Skilled Attorneys

Attorney Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner
Shane V. Mullen, Attorney at Law

Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner

Our Managing Partner, Shane V. Mullen, has been handling personal injury cases for 21 years. He is “Top-rated” by Thompson Reuters who named him as a Texas Super Lawyer 3 consecutive years. Shane is also a lifetime member of both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, solidifying his expertise in handling significant cases. He is also an esteemed member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, further attesting to his exceptional legal prowess. Shane brings hard-won, battle born knowledge to your case.

Attorney Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate
Joseph R. Morrison, Attorney at Law

Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate

With 18 years of personal injury experience, Attorney Joseph R. Morrison has established himself as a highly skilled legal professional. Notably, he served as counsel of record in a case that garnered recognition from VerdictSearch.com as a top 5 Premises liability (slip and fall) verdict in Texas. The defendant in this case was a Fortune 500 company with an annual revenue exceeding 11 billion. The specific case, Jeffrey Young v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., showcased Joe’s exceptional abilities in achieving favorable outcomes.

Joe is a distinguished member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, solidifying his standing among the nation’s most esteemed legal practitioners. Furthermore, his membership in both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums further attests to his expertise in handling substantial cases.

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum member

Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Both Shane and Joseph are lifetime members of the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, meaning they have each settled cases in excess of two million. This solidifies their expertise in handling significant personal injury cases.

Regis L. Mullen, Founding Attorney
Regis L Mullen, Attorney at Law

Regis L. Mullen, Founder

Our Founder, Attorney Regis L. Mullen, has 56 years of personal injury experience. Regis received his Admission to practice law in 1967. Previously a Litigation Supervisor at Allstate Insurance Company, he knows all the tactics liability carriers use to deny or reduce personal injury settlements. Drawing upon his profound comprehension of the inner workings of the insurance industry, Regis established a law firm dedicated to meeting the legal needs of injured individuals in North Texas.

Why Choose Mullen & Mullen to Handle Your Drunk Driving Injury Case?

Fighting for Justice and Maximum Compensation

We’ve represented a countless number of drunk driving accident victims. That means we understand the devastating changes they experience in their lives. Drunk driving accidents do affect the direct victims the most. However, it’s important to remember they have far-ranging effects on their families and communities also.

As dedicated drunk driving accident lawyers in St. Louis, we maintain an intense commitment to all the people drunk drivers have harmed or killed.

Choosing Mullen & Mullen means you get our experience on your side. It also means that you get our compassion as well. You don’t need us to increase your stress because you already have enough of your own. Know that you can also count on our drunk driving accident lawyers to care for every one of your physical and emotional needs. We will help you navigate Missouri’s overwhelmingly complex legal system, and we will fight tirelessly to get max compensation on your behalf.

Insurers are already familiar with our name and track record. They don’t get a good feeling when they see they must deal with Mullen & Mullen. This isn’t something we’re just saying to make you feel more confident. It’s the truth. To back it up, know that TopVerdict.com has recognized us for achieving 43 “Top 50” Personal Injury Settlements in the past three years. During just one of those years, we were responsible for 19 of the “Top 50” results and they were all cases for clients harmed in motor vehicle accidents.

Here’s how those 19 cases ranked:

  • One was in the top 10
  • Eight ranked in positions 11-20
  • Ten cases ranked in positions 21-50

Combine this impeccable track record with our low 29% pre-suit contingency fee, and you have a formula for feeling confident that you will get more money with Mullen & Mullen than you will with any other drunk driving accident lawyer in the St. Louis area.

In addition, please understand that you never pay us any fees until after your claim has been fully settled.

It’s easy to schedule your free consultation. Just call (314) 465-8733 now. Get the legal guidance you need from our experienced attorneys and let us fight to get max compensation on your behalf.

Make sure you also take advantage of our 29% pre-suit contingency fee, which you can get if we don’t have to file a lawsuit. Additionally, understand that you don’t have to pay anything until after we settle your claim. But you can only get these benefits if you act fast. So, schedule your free consultation now. Let Mullen & Mullen help you by giving you the legal guidance you need to get a favorable settlement during this challenging time.

Our Expertise

Obtaining max compensation from a drunk driver means you need deep legal expertise in drunk driving law. Remember that Mullen & Mullen has been in business for more than four decades. We have more than 95 years of combined experience. Plus, much of this experience has involved holding reckless drunk drivers accountable for the harm they cause.

Our drunk driving accident lawyers understand the nuances of how alcohol-related crashes work. Our experienced team also investigates all the details of such matters for you. If the driver was already obviously intoxicated, but an establishment chose to continue serving them anyway, then we will hold them responsible via a “dram shop” cause of action. Our experience means we routinely settle drunk driving claims for “full policy limits.” To make the situation even better, we do this without the need for filing a lawsuit! Speaking in very practical terms, this means more of YOUR money makes its way into your pocket.

Diagnostic and Medical Treatment Without the Upfront Cost

Strangely, if you’re involved in a drunk driving accident, that makes it harder to get access to the medical treatment you need. This happens because most doctors don’t want to get in the middle of a complex legal situation. Many will opt not to see even if you have good medical insurance. At Mullen & Mullen, however, we have established relationships with many medical systems and professionals who are willing to get involved with the legal system. They also happily delay billing until after you settle your claim. You can only create these relationships by having extensive experience and a strong reputation in the St. Louis area. Know that many drunk driving accident lawyers in the St. Louis area simply can’t match this!

Comprehensive Legal Representation

Choosing Mullen & Mullen to represent you means you have all your needs covered. We also tailor our approach to your specific circumstances. Each case has its own unique ins and outs. Because of that, and because we’re a smaller firm, we place a high priority on personal relationships. We take the time to create a genuine relationship with each one of our clients. In addition, we gather evidence, consult with experts, interview witnesses, and frequently reconstruct the events that led to the cause of your accident. After we gather all this information together, we then build the most persuasive case possible. The goal of creating such an in-depth case is to hold the drunk driver, and the establishment who overserved them, responsible for the harm caused to you.

Compassionate Support

Any drunk driving accident causes extreme physical and emotional trauma at the very least. At its worst, a drunk driving accident changes your life forever. It may even lead to the death of your loved one. Since we’ve been serving the St. Louis area for so long, we have deep knowledge of all the harm and trouble drunk driving accidents can cause. You don’t need any more stress or difficulty on your plate during this time of life. So, our legal team works to make everything as easy on you as possible. We offer compassionate support as each step of the legal process plays itself out. Every one of our attorneys knows how to listen and address all the questions and concerns you have. As your case trudges its way through the legal system, you will be apprised of each step along the way. What does all this mean to you? It means that you get more time to focus on your personal recovery while we fight hard to get you the maximum compensation possible.

Drunk Driving Accident Testimonials

Rudy Gomez on Google said:

This was the 1st accident I was involved in. I didn’t know which law firm to call. Someone I know told me to use Mullen & Mullen Law Firm. I can say it has been the best choice. They came to my home in the beginning. They let me know what I needed to do and what they will do for me. Since then, the lawyers as well as the entire staff have been there for me whenever I have questions or concerns. They will return your calls within minutes of your calling.

My case isn’t over yet, and it does take time having to deal with doctors and therapists. The whole process does take time with no complaints whatsoever. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm has you feeling cared for and appreciated. Their kindness and professionalism are superb. I recommend them to everyone who needs a lawyer who will not only get you the best settlement but who also makes you feel like your case is above the rest.

To the lawyers and entire staff who worked on my case, as well as those who didn’t, thank you very much for your help. I pray that I never need a lawyer again but if I do, you will be who I will turn too.

Caryn Bonosevich on Google said:

Mullen & Mullen is awesome! Joseph and Erika made the process simple. I am thankful for the personal service I received.

Natasha Malone on Google said:

I had the honor to work with Mr. Morrison and his team recently and he was a life saver. He was thorough, detail oriented and as down to earth as they come. He knows his law and doesn’t make you feel like a number in line, but like a human. You can’t go wrong with direct access and a discounted rate. I made the right decision, and you will too.

Trial Experience and Advocacy

If a drunk driver has negligently caused harm to you or your loved one, give our experienced attorneys a call today. We offer free consultations. During your free consultation, our lawyers:

  • Assess your case
  • Discuss your legal options
  • Tell you what to do next

It’s also important to know that you must meet certain critical legal deadlines, such as the statute of limitations. This means you should contact our attorneys as soon as you can. Let our skilled legal team get you max compensation for the harm the drunk driver caused you.

Begin your journey towards healing and justice by contacting our attorneys today. We’ll fight hard to obtain fair compensation for you while you focus on recovering from your accident.

Remember that the consultation is completely free. You also have no obligation to hire us on the spot.

Drunk Driving Injury Claim Frequently Asked Questions and Missouri Law

Below you will find the answers to many common frequently asked questions regarding Missouri drunk driving law.

When a drunk driver hits me, does that automatically entitle me to punitive damages?

You may have this entitlement, but there is no guarantee. Understand that punitive damages have been created to punish grossly negligent behavior and to send a message to those who may choose to engage in similar behavior in the future.

At Mullen & Mullen, we fight aggressively to win punitive damages on your behalf. However, we cannot guarantee you will win them.

How do I prove that the drunk driver was in fact intoxicated when they hit me?

Remember that you must prove this because Missouri law makes it your responsibility to do so. Fortunately, you have several options for proving this. The first, and easiest, way to prove the other driver was intoxicated lies in showing that the driver was in fact arrested on suspicion of DUI or DWI.

What happens if the driver had criminal charges dropped or if they received a “not guilty” verdict?

Even if either of those happened, you may still be able to obtain punitive damages. Understand that criminal cases have a much higher burden of proof than civil ones. To prove a criminal case, you must show “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the accused person engaged in the alleged actions. With civil cases, you simply need a “preponderance of the evidence” to show that it is more likely than not that the accused engaged in the alleged actions.

Of course, you’re going to need evidence to prove your claim. So, how do we compile the evidence needed to prove the other driver was in fact intoxicated at the time of your accident? To start, our skilled in-house private investigators will obtain a copy of the police officer’s crash report, if one exists. In addition, they will also submit an open records request to all necessary law enforcement agencies. An open records request asks for copies of all documents relevant to your accident. These documents can include officer notes, witness statements, and body camera footage. As our team works to gather this information, they also monitor for the advancement of any criminal charges by the prosecution. They do this by staying in close touch with prosecutors as they handle the case.

All that takes a lot of hard work. In addition to it, we also do a thorough background check on the individual who is at fault for your accident. We look at all the financial resources the drunk driver has available, as well as their criminal history (if they have one).

What if the police didn’t take the time to investigate my accident? Is it still possible to prove the other driver was drunk or high?

You can still prove the other driver was drunk or high. It just becomes much more difficult to do so. Understand, however, that your testimony alone may be enough to prove the other driver was drunk or high.

For example, you may have seen the other driver discarding beer cans, slurring their speech, stumbling, or even having a difficult time keeping their balance. You could also have smelled alcohol on them. These are just a few of the factors you could have witnessed. There are many more. The point is that you would simply have to testify about what you saw.

Proving the other driver was drunk or high at the time of your accident also becomes a lot easier if you have another witness who corroborates your testimony. It’s also possible for them to make statements which differ from yours but that nonetheless prove the other driver was drunk or high at the time of your accident.

How will Mullen & Mullen’s drunk driving accident lawyers help me prove the other driver was drunk or high at the time of my accident?

Our in-house accident investigators will do everything in their power to locate all witnesses who can testify about the conduct of the drunken driver. Our investigators have all the necessary skills to identify potential witnesses by thoroughly canvassing all areas near the accident scene. We can also get sworn affidavits from witnesses with relative ease.

How to Properly Engage in the Insurance Claims Process Following a Drunk Driving Accident

You should file your insurance claims as soon after your accident as you can. Speaking only very generally, the faster you file your claims, the faster you can repair your car.

What insurance claims should I file?

You can file one of the below insurance claims, depending on the unique circumstances surrounding your situation:

If you file a liability claim, you can likely seek compensation for property and injury damages.

You can likely file a liability claim also if the drunk driver was employed at the time of the accident. Just like the previous type of claim, you can likely recover property and injury damages.

What if the other driver doesn’t have any insurance at all? Are you simply out of luck?

No! You can file a claim against your own insurance’s uninsured motorist policy if this is the case.

You can also file a claim against the owner of a vehicle if they negligently entrusted it to someone who was drunk or high. As you might expect, this claim potentially gives you access to property and injury damages.

You may also be able to file a claim against your own insurer under your personal injury protection (PIP) policy. This policy seeks to reimburse you for the medical bills and lost wages related to your accident.

What if the other driver is underinsured relative to the amount of damages they caused in your accident?

You still don’t have to worry in this case. In this situation, you can file a claim with your own insurance’s underinsured motorist policy.

What if a bar, restaurant, or another establishment overserved the drunk driver?

Then you may be able to file a “dram shop” / bar liability cause of action.

Our attorneys will file all appropriate paperwork with all insurance carriers on your behalf when your case first begins. That way, you don’t have to worry about it at all. In addition, understand that a household policy may cover you. This also includes even if you don’t own a vehicle.

I have the option to repair or replace my vehicle. What should I do?

It depends on your circumstances. Regardless of what you choose to do, remember that the insurance company wants to do what costs them the least. When it comes to how we handle this situation, we’ll make sure that whatever you do happens in a timely way and gives you the most value possible for your vehicle.

The drunk driver’s insurer told me to take my car to a repair shop that they chose. Should I do this?

No. There’s no way you should do this. Understand that, behind the scenes, going to the insurer’s choice of repair shop gives them the opportunity to pay you as little as possible. So, of course they want you to do that.

In Missouri, you can take your car to whatever auto repair shop you want. So, do that instead.

Does Missouri law entitle me to a rental car?

In almost every situation, you do have this right. It depends somewhat on your insurance carrier. If your car has been deemed a “total loss,” then you likely do not have this right. Also, know that when your car is “totaled,” Missouri law entitles you only to the fair market value for your car. There are a few rare insurance carriers, however, that will give you a rental car even if your regular vehicle has been deemed a “total loss.”

How do you get quick access to a rental vehicle if you need it? If you feel you absolutely need this, then file a property damage claim with your insurer and request your rental vehicle. However, understand that your insurance policy must entitle you to one and know that you will have to pay your deductible. The deductible amount, however, will eventually be reimbursed to you. This usually happens when the insurer pays to repair or replace your vehicle.

Securing a Law Loan

Can I get a law loan against my injury claim?

Likely, you can. To get access to the law loan itself, however, you will need the help of one of our drunk driving attorneys. We work with all major law loan companies, which makes acquiring such a loan much easier. Securing a law loan means you’ll have the funds you need to pay your bills while you wait to get the funds from your law loan itself.

How to Secure Medical Treatment After Your Accident

Can I still access the medical treatment I need if I don’t have health insurance or can’t afford my deductible?

Yes. You absolutely can. At Mullen & Mullen, we have a unique advantage to offer you. Because of our extensive experience serving St. Louis, we have established strong relationships with medical providers in the area. They willingly and happily delay all medical billing until after you settle your claim. We have relationships with every type of medical professional and institution that you can think of, and that means you have nothing to worry about. We work with hospitals, surgeons, anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons, and more. Of course, if you do have insurance, understand that you would have to establish all insurance proceeds prior to having any necessary surgery.

What happens if my health insurer pays some of my medical bills before my claim settles?

If you do end up recovering funds from the other party, then it’s only fair that your insurer gets reimbursed for what they paid. Legally, you call this process “subrogation.” Also, understand that because we have more than four decades of experience, we can likely obtain for you a ⅓ reduction on any health insurance lien you have. Most of the time, this ⅓ reduction covers the cost of any of our fees.

Types of Damages You May Be Able to Recover from the Drunk Driver in Missouri

What damages does Missouri law entitle me to if I’m the victim in a drunk driving accident?

You can potentially recover damages from two major categories: “economic” and “non-economic.”

Economic Damages

Economic damages would include the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Past, present, and future medical expenses
  • Replacement value of your vehicle
  • Vehicle repair costs
  • Diminished value of your vehicle after it’s repaired

Non-economic Damages

Non-economic damages are far more difficult to calculate. This is because they aren’t physical.

Say, for example, you experienced pain and mental anguish because of the accident the drunk driver caused. Well, how much do you value that pain and mental anguish? No precise mathematical formula exists for calculating this. Note that you can still obtain non-economic damages. Just understand that they’re much harder to quantify.

You can possibly win the following non-economic damages:

  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish in the past and future
  • Past and future impairment

We have more than 95 years of combined experience obtaining economic and non-economic damages for drunk driving victims. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure you get the maximum possible financial recovery. We’ll also work tirelessly to fully develop your damage model. In some cases, it may be necessary for us to retain certain experts when needed to establish both liability and the amount of damages. We will do this whenever necessary.

Injury Cases Against Missouri Bars & Restaurants for Overserving an Obviously Intoxicated Person

What happens to an establishment if they overserve the drunk driver who caused your accident?

If a bar, restaurant, or other establishment overserves an obviously intoxicated individual, then you are entitled to file a liability claim against them if the drunk driver caused your accident. In the legal profession, you call this a “dram shop” / bar liability cause of action. This case type requires you to prove that an obviously intoxicated person was overserved.

Contact Us For a Free Consultation

Call (314) INJURED to talk to a St. Louis drunk driving accident injury attorney right now. We won’t put any pressure on you to hire us on the spot. Simply learn how we’ll approach your case and get some excellent free advice. Make your decision only when you feel 100% ready. Do remember though, that the Missouri statute of limitations gives you just 5 years from the date of your accident to file a claim. BUT if you wait to contact a lawyer it may be too late to gather evidence. It’s critical to your potential claim to ACT FAST.

We’ll come to your home or hospital room if it makes it easier on you! Phone and Zoom consultations are also available. You can call us, or use the form or chat feature on this page to request a free consultation now.

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100 S 4th St #550
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: (314) 465-8733
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