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Drunk Driving Accidents

Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes.
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The law requires all drivers to exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” When someone does not use reasonable care, then their actions are considered negligent. Accordingly, when this negligence is exercised by a drunk or drugged driver, your life could be at risk.

DRUNK DRIVING IN THE UNITED STATES- FACTS AND STATISTICS

  • U.S. adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010.
  • Alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in about 1 in 3 crash deaths, resulting in nearly 11,000 deaths in 2009.
  • Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) were involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths in 2009.
  • In 2009- Texas, California, and Florida had the highest number drunk driving deaths in the U.S. while Vermont, New Hampshire, and Alaska had the fewest.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE BEEN HIT BY A DRUNK DRIVER

  • Contact the police and call for an ambulance, if necessary.
  • Call our law firm as soon as possible.
  • Try to preserve any and all necessary evidence (witness contact info, photos, etc.)
  • Cooperate with police, but do not make assumptions/estimations about the accident and especially, do not accept blame or fault.
COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INJURIES

While your insurance company may be more than willing to help you after your automobile accident, you should remember that although insurance companies will provide some type of financial support, they may not always give you what you deserve. There are many times when a drunk driver has no insurance and you, the victim, are left without a way to pay for your injuries. Even if the negligent driver does have insurance, you may not get enough money to pay for your medical treatment and other expenses.

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED?

If you’ve been injured, we can help. Contact us