Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers Attorneys

It’s well established that drunk drivers are dangerous drivers who make our roads less safe. While every car accident is frightening and upsetting, car accidents caused by drunk drivers can be that much more unsettling. Another driver’s utter lack of regard for your safety, after all, caused you or someone you care about to be injured, and comprehending that level of neglect can be a difficult emotional hurdle.

Driving Under the Influence

Drivers understand that getting behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol is both illegal and extremely dangerous, but many motorists continue to engage in this practice nonetheless. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol endanger both themselves and others. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relays alarmingly significant statistics as they relate to drunk driving:

  • Nearly one third of U.S. traffic fatalities in 2015 were alcohol related
  • Sixteen percent of children’s traffic fatalities (up to 14 years old) in 2015 involved an impaired driver
  • Only about 1 percent of the self-reported cases of impaired driving in the U.S. result in charges of driving under the influence

In other words, there are a lot of drunk drivers out there and they’re dangerous. If you or someone you care about has been injured by such a driver, you need an experienced Indiana personal injury attorney. At the Law Office of William W. Hurst, we understand what you’re going through, and our dedicated personal injury lawyers are here to help guide your claim toward just compensation.

Drunk Drivers and Blood Alcohol Content

A driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is usually determinative of whether that driver is under the influence of alcohol and, if so, to what degree. Currently, a BAC of 0.08 percent is the threshold for being over the limit in every state (for noncommercial drivers). Drivers who’re involved in serious accidents, however, aren’t always tested for BAC. If you’ve been injured in an accident in which you think the negligent party may have been under the influence, don’t hesitate to bring that up with the officers on the scene.

Demonstrating Intoxication

If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by a driver who was demonstrably under the influence of alcohol, you are entitled to bring a claim of damages in a civil suit against that driver. If such a driver caused you to lose a loved one in a car accident, you are entitled to pursue a wrongful death case. While it’s important to be able to successfully illustrate that the other driver was under the influence—which is usually determined by BAC testing—there are a variety of additional means of demonstrating that a driver was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle:

  • Eyewitness testimony related to the accident
  • Evidentiary photographs and videos that were taken at the scene of the accident
  • Police reports and documents that emanate from the accident

Alcohol Impairment

Alcohol impairs the physiologic responses that a driver needs to proceed safely, and there are a variety of studies that succinctly illustrate this point. In fact, the effects alcohol has on motorists include highly specific impairments:

  • Decreased peripheral vision
  • Diminished ability to recover from glare
  • Poor performance when tracking anything visually complex
  • Poor performance when attention is divided by competing factors (as is common when driving)

Damages

If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, there are a compendium of common damages upon which you may recover:

  • Your medical expenses—including emergency transport, surgery, doctor care, specialist care, physical therapy, medications, and adaptive medical equipment
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Treatment for psychological effects
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium (or spousal relationship)

The damages related to accidents caused by drunk drivers are often considerable, and your experienced personal injury attorney will ensure that your comprehensive damages are adequately represented in your claim.

Identifying Drunk Drivers on the Road

Drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol impair their ability to drive safely. Learn how to identify such drivers and steer clear of them. There are several telltale signs that a driver you share the road with may be drunk:

  • Speeding
  • Erratically changing speeds or driving too slowly in the fast lane
  • Drifting in and out of lanes, straddling two lanes, or driving too near or on the shoulder
  • Stopping far short of stop signs or signals, overshooting stop signs or signals, or running stop signs or signals completely
  • Stopping unexpectedly in the middle of the road
  • Failing to signal or signaling deceptively
  • Failing to use headlights at night or failing to dim high beams for approaching vehicles

If you spot someone whom you believe is driving under the influence, alert the authorities. It’s the right thing to do, and you could help save a life.

Your Claim

If a drunk driver has caused you to be injured in a car accident, seek immediate medical attention and then consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Drunk driving claims are complicated, but your case matters. Your attorney will compile the physical evidence associated with your accident along with all documentation and eyewitness testimony in defense of your claim. Because every accident is unique, whether you settle your claim or proceed to court will depend on the specifics of your situation—and your skilled personal injury attorney will guide you every step of the way.

If a Drunk Driver Injured You in an Accident, Contact Our Office Today to Consult with an Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney

If a drunk driver has left you injured, you’re no doubt overwhelmed. Drunk drivers are dangerous drivers, and they imperil everyone on the road. The experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of William W. Hurst have the skill, commitment, and compassion to guide your case toward just resolution. These claims are complicated, but we’re here to help, so please schedule a free consultation today by contacting or calling us at (317) 636-0808.

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