Hit by a drunk driver?
Drinking and driving is the most frequently committed crime in the United States. According to statistics, it is estimated that one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident sometime in their lives. Drinking and driving is one of the leading causes of vehicular-related deaths, claiming thousands of lives each year. In fact, in 2009, there were more than 10,000 fatalities involving a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. National statistics also show that younger drivers are more prone to drunk driving than older drivers. An estimated 35% of drunk driving accidents were caused by a person aged 21 to 24 years old.
Underage drinking and driving also is cause for great concern. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and one-third of those deaths were caused by underage drunk driving. Those under the age of 21 are already at an increased risk of accident because of inexperience, and alcohol increases the risk of being involved in a serious collision. Anyone is susceptible to a drunk driving accident, even if they are taking every precaution to stay safe.
Drinking and driving is a negligent practice, therefore, if the person drinking and driving causes an accident, he or she can be subject to a personal injury suit. Although the risks of drinking and driving are widely known, people still do it every day. The NHTSA frequently implements campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving with the hope that such shocking statistics will inform drivers and decrease the number of accidents. Millions of dollars are spent on the advertising for these campaigns, but the DUI rate has only decreased in 20 out of 50 states in recent years.
Standardized field sobriety tests, if conducted properly, can be enough evidence to substantiate a drunk driving claim. Defense attorneys will try to disprove the validity of this evidence, which is why you need an aggressive attorney on your side as well. If you have been involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may not know what steps to take next. You are likely facing insurance claims, medical bills, rehabilitation, and even lost wages due to forced time taken off of work to recover. Negligent drivers should always be held fully accountable for their actions, so after being involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you should seek legal help immediately from an experienced personal injury lawyer.
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At Fisher & Associates PC, our team of experienced car accident injury attorneys consistently helps our clients get the compensation they deserve after suffering car accident-related injuries. You aren’t taking your car accident lightly, and neither will we. Should you become one of our clients, you can rest assured that you’re getting high-quality legal care and that we will fight for the justice you deserve.
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