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Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

Have You Been Injured By a Drunk Driver?

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. Every instance of death or injury caused by a drunk driver could be prevented.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 and oftentimes fatal injuries.

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

  • Contact the police and call for an ambulance, if necessary.
  • Call an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer as soon as possible (Our team of attorneys is 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 or estimations about the accident and especially do not accept blame or fault.

DRUNK DRIVING CRASH STATISTICS

Here are statistics regarding drunk driving in the United States in 2015, provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 10,265 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving a drunk driver.
    • Drunk driving deaths account for 29 percent of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in the United States.
  • Every day, 28 people die in a drunk driving crash.
  • 16 percent of traffic fatalities among children age 14 and younger occurred in a drunk driving crash.
  • The annual cost of drunk driving crashes in the United States totaled more than $44 billion in 2015.
  • Drunk driving deaths by state:
    • Texas — 1,323
    • California — 914
    • Florida — 797
    • North Carolina — 411
    • Georgia — 366

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. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. Contact Thomas J. Henry today if you were injured by a drunk driver.

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Drunk Driving Crash FAQs

Do you have pressing questions regarding your accident with a drunk driver? Check out the following FAQs. If you don’t find your answer below, contact us and speak with an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer at anytime.

  • Do I have a case if I was hit by a drunk driver?

    Assuming that the drunk driver is covered by liability insurance, you have a very good claim against the drunk driver and his insurance company. Because of the extreme danger a drunk driver poses to the public, drunk driving crash victims are able to recover punitive damages from the drunk driver and his insurance company. Also, if a business decides to keep serving beer or alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person and that person causes a motor vehicle accident, the business can be found liable for injuries caused by the intoxicated person.

  • What do I do if I'm in a car accident?

    If you are involved in an automobile accident, you should never leave the scene; otherwise, you could face criminal charges. Your first step is to call an ambulance if someone has been injured. Make sure your vehicle is not creating a hazard to other motorists by moving it from traffic, when possible. Call the police and file an accident report. Never admit liability — this is a legal matter that will be investigated later. Be sure to collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses, or others involved in the accident. It is also a good idea to take photographs to document skid marks, vehicle damage, road obstructions, and injuries.

  • What should I do if I think the accident was at least partly my fault?

    Despite your honorable intentions, be aware that you are probably not in the best position to figure out how or why the accident happened. There are many possible causes for an accident. Accepting blame and apologizing to another driver can be used against you later. Contact our auto accident lawyers and let us help preserve your rights as an accident victim.

  • I feel fine; should I still see a doctor after my automobile accident?

    Definitely. Many times injuries sustained during an automobile accident are not recognized or noticeable until days or weeks after the accident. This means that even though you may feel fine now, you may be suffering from internal injuries. You should always seek medical attention after being involved in an auto accident. When you do see the doctor, make sure to mention any complaint you may have, no matter how minor. Don’t play medical expert and evaluate the importance of a symptom. If you did not cause the auto accident, the law allows you to seek and receive compensation for any medical bills you have incurred after the collision.

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