Everybody knows that driving drunk is one of the most irresponsible decisions that a person can make. Yet, every year, thousands of Americans are killed or suffer devastating injuries in drunk driving accidents nationwide. Many survivors of drunk driving crashes leave hospitals with permanent disabilities that render them unable to work or enjoy life the same way they did before their accident. Their emotional losses may be irreparable. However, DUI laws enable victims to receive financial compensation so they can begin to rebuild their lives.
At Monge & Associates, we have zero tolerance for drunk driving. It is our firm’s policy to push drunk driving cases to the maximum value, and we have a long history of success in doing so. We wrote the book on winning drunk driving cases—contact our firm to request a free copy of our book, Winning Results You Never Dreamed Possible in Drunk Driving Crashes. Our mission is to help you recover compensation that can ease some of the financial strain that comes with medical bills, therapy, time off work, and other related damages. Why should you call us? Because you want to win! If we don’t win, you won’t pay us.
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Drunk Driving Statistics
Despite efforts to reduce the number of drunk-driving accidents, the number of DUI cases is growing. The Governor’s Office for Highway Safety reports that 55,102 people were arrested for impaired driving—a 525% increase compared to just six years earlier.
More than 5,000 people are injured in drunk-driving wrecks each year, and fatalities are six times more likely in crashes involving alcohol or drugs than in other motor vehicle accidents. Impaired driving death rates are high in college towns and urban areas. However, many rural roads are also sites of deadly DUI wrecks because they tend to have narrow lanes, small shoulders, fewer guardrails, and more trees and shrubs.
How DUI Law Helps You
Laws crack down hard on drunk drivers. It is a criminal offense to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. However, a driver could still be convicted of DUI with a BAC of as low as 0.05% if there is enough proof to determine that he or she was too impaired to operate a vehicle safely at the time of the crash. This is because everyone’s body processes alcohol differently. A small woman may begin to feel “buzzed” after just one drink, whereas a 300-pound man might not display visible signs of impairment until he’s downed several drinks. Both of them may never “look drunk” at all. However, they could still have impaired judgment, slower reflexes and poor concentration behind the wheel of a car.
Laws also allow injured victims to take legal action against bars, liquor stores, or other establishments that sold alcohol to a visibly impaired person who later harmed someone in a drunk driving accident. These “dram shop” claims can help victims obtain more compensation than they might get through other legal channels, but they are typically very complex. If you or a loved one was injured in a drunk driving crash and you think you might have a dram shop claim, we can explain the law to you in detail so that you understand your legal options.
Compensation in Drunk Driving Crashes
Victims of drunk-driving accidents are generally able to recover benefits to cover the many of the financial burdens caused by the accident.
Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost current and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage to the vehicle
- Rental car reimbursement
- Costs of assistive devices like wheelchairs or walkers
- Compensation for scars and disfigurement
If your loved one was killed in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim on his/her behalf. In such cases, surviving family members are typically able to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages including medical expenses prior to death, funeral/burial costs, loss of financial support (if the deceased was the primary breadwinner), loss of companionship, emotional distress, and more.
Our team of experienced car accident lawyers in Atlanta can help you take legal action when someone else’s negligent actions result in an accident that leaves you injured. We are committed to helping each of our clients fight for the maximum compensation they are owed; we guarantee that you will receive a bigger settlement offer than you had prior to hiring us or you do not have to pay us a dime.
Get in contact with our team today; call (800) 860-8021 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.