Drunk Drivers

The TWO BRIANS at the Original PISTOTNIK LAW OFFICES know how to help you with your injuries due to your wreck. When the wreck is the fault of a drunk driver, your case has a potential for a higher value and juries tend to award larger damages when the other driver was drunk. Drunk drivers can have a history of driving drunk in the past and drunk driving can make a claim for punitive damages possible. These are damages in addition to actual damages meant to punish and deter the drunk driver, and other drunk drivers, from acting in such an egregious manner. Unfortunately, punitive damages are not normally covered by insurance.

Car wrecks generally involve three cases: property damage to your vehicle, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits as part of Kansas No Fault laws, and bodily injury claims that allow you to get a settlement to recover for your medical bills, past and future, wage loss, past and future, other economic losses, and noneconomic losses including past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability, disfigurement, inconvenience, loss of time, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium or loss of spousal services.

Kansas comparative fault pursuant to K.S.A. 60-258a requires an analysis of who was as fault for a collision. Passengers typically have no fault. Drivers are required to follow the RULES OF THE ROAD. The RULES OF THE ROAD are laws that have been in existence under the common law, but also are laws that are contained in Kansas Statutes. A violation of a statute is negligence per se. The laws impose many duties upon drivers including, but not limited to the following, a duty to keep a proper lookout, a duty to drive at an appropriate speed, a duty to maintain control of your vehicle, a duty to keep a safe and appropriate distance between your vehicle and the vehicle you are following, a duty to yield right of way under certain circumstances, and a duty to use reasonable care while driving. Obviously there are laws preventing drunk drivers from driving while drunk and laws preventing negligent motorists from texting while driving. Sometimes these extraordinarily dangerous activities can result in punitive damages in addition to actual damages. Distracted driving leads to many collisions and people get distracted for many reasons: animals or children in vehicles, use of cell phones, eating/drinking/smoking while driving, even using vehicle equipment like the radio or GPS while driving.

The experienced lawyers at the original Pistotnik Law Offices are ready to help you and explain to you the specific rights available to you for the particular circumstances of your wreck. CALL NOW FOR FREE! No cost consultations are available 24/7. Get help now, before a mistake is made. Insurance companies are trained to contact you quickly to get you to give them information about the wreck. The information they obtain can and will be used against you in your case! The less contact you have with the insurance company, the less chance you will jeoparize your case. Let us handle the insurance company for you! Something as simple as a statement like “I wasn’t paying attention to the other car.” or “I don’t think I am hurt too bad.” can make a large difference on the value of your case later. THE INITIAL CONSULTATION WITH THE TWO BRIANS IS ALWAYS FREE AND WE CHARGE NOTHING UP FRONT. NO RECOVERY, NO CHARGE TO YOU WHATSOEVER!

We are lawyers handling car wrecks in the following Kansas cities/communities: Wichita, Andover, Maize, Goddard, Haysville, Derby, Colwich, Belle Plaine, Park City, Valley Center, Towanda, El Dorado, Augusta, Kingman, Pratt, Newton, Hutchinson, Mulvane, McPherson, Salina, Great Bend, Cheney, Garden Plain, Marion, Winfield, Wellington, Herington, Council Grove, Arkansas City, Dodge City, Liberal, Garden City, Great Bend, Ellsworth, Kinsley, Stafford, Nickerson, Eureka, Douglas, Hays, Whitewater, Potwin, Russell, Caldwell, Lindsborg, Emporia, Topeka, Abilene, Andale, Anthony, Bel Aire, Benton, Cimarron, Clearwater, Cunningham, Halstead, Hesston, Hoisington, Kechi, Junction City, Manhattan, Moundridge, Parsons, Phillipsburg, Norton, Potwin, Pretty Prairie, Rose Hill, Saint John, Scott City, Solomon, South Hutchinson, Syracuse, Udall, and all cities inbetween!