In recent decades, the number of drunk driving accidents had seen a steady decrease. Public service campaigns, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drunk Driving, have contributed to the nation’s awareness of the problem. However, despite their best efforts, numerous drunk driving accidents happen every year. While intoxicated drivers can face a wide range of criminal charges, they can also be targeted for civil suits, especially if those accidents result in injuries to other drivers or pedestrians.
Victims of drunk driving accidents may have various options for justice and financial recovery. While money can undo a crash, it can help victims restore their lives.
When an intoxicated driver is involved in a drunk driving accident, that driver can face a charge of either driving while under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). The primary difference between the charges lies in the age of the intoxicated driver. A driver of legal drinking age will be charged with DWI if tests show that the driver had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least 0.08. A driver under the age of 21 involved in a drunk driving accident will often be charged with DUI, regardless of the driver’s BAC.
Deaths from Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk drivers are among the most dangerous threats on the road. Although a traffic accident can be traumatic under any circumstances, drunk driving accidents often lead to fatal injuries. The fatalities typically stem from the intoxicated driver’s inability to control the speed or direction of the vehicle. A 2011 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that more than 30 percent of all highway fatalities originated as drunk driving accidents.
Why Drunk Driving Accident Victims Need An Attorney
Drunk driving accident victims often face severe stresses. These stress factors can include physical pain, mental anguish, emotional trauma and financial hardship. The experienced attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm can help drunk driving accident victims with their recovery processes. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling insurance cases involving drunk drivers. Some of our attorneys have worked for insurance companies earlier in their careers, so they know the strategies these companies use to underpay or deny liability claims. Today, they use that knowledge to fight for our clients.
Awards from Drunk Driving Accident Injury Lawsuits
Victims of drunk driving accidents can receive cash awards from drivers and insurers. These awards can come in the form of a jury verdict or an out-of-court settlement. These awards can be used toward covering the expenses involved in recovering from a drunk driving accident, including:
Vehicle repairs or replacement
Pre- and post-operative care
Physical therapy and rehabilitation
Mental health care
Future medical expenses
Lost future wages
Pain and suffering
… and much more.
Know Your Rights in a Drunk Driving Accident Injury Lawsuit
To find out how we can help you with a drunk driving accident injury lawsuit, contact us today at 877-892-2797. Our friendly staff will ask a few questions about your case and connect you to a distracted driving accident lawyer. You can also fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form at the top of this page.