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Drunk Driving Accidents

Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes.
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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. Thousands of people are injured in crashes involving drunk drivers each year, and each one of those crashes could have been prevented.

The CDC reports that over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2014. Frighteningly, this is only one percent of the 121 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year. The irresponsible and reckless actions of drunk drivers — excessive speeding, falling asleep, driving in the wrong direction — can lead to serious, oftentimes fatal injuries.

ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING: BY THE NUMBERS

In 2015,

  • 10,265 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving a drunk driver.
    • 29 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.
  • An average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes.
  • Of the traffic fatalities among children 14 years old or younger, 16 percent occurred in an alcohol-impaired wreck.
  • 181 children 14 years of age and younger were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
  • 1,323 people died in drunk driving crashes in the state of Texas — the highest total in the nation.

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 (available 24/7, nights and weekends).
  • 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.
RECEIVING COMPENSATION FOR YOUR CRASH 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. Our experienced team of injury attorneys will make sure you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you incurred.

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED?

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