DUI Accident Attorneys
“Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) and “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI), are the terms for alcohol-related driving behavior, responsible for nearly 1/3 of all traffic deaths in the United States. Their destructive and devastating behavior inflicts a heavy burden of death and/or injury to not only to themselves, but to innocent victims as well. DUI Accident Attorneys fight to make sure these innocent victims are compensated for the selfish and reckless act of DUI and DWI offenders.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, over 1.4 million drivers are arrested annually for driving under the influence. The group further explained that 30-35% of all traffic deaths can be connected to a driver who had drugs or alcohol in their system when behind the wheel.
Sadly, the problem is habitual, as about 1/3 of all DUI arrests are repeat offenders. In addition, this behavior is strongly connected to age. Those between 21-25 years old commit 24% of the incidents and the rate declines steadily for each age group older than 25 according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Hit By a Drunk Driver? Here’s What You Can Do
Anyone who causes an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance is considered negligent. Sadly, this is of little comfort to those who endure serious injury or loss of a loved one in alcohol-related accidents. Serious compensation, while owed to these victims, may never make up for the physical and emotional costs endured. A driver convicted of DUI has the liability to pay for all damages, but may not be the only person considered negligent or liable.
Third Party Liability
Providing the alcohol may also serve as grounds to be considered negligent and liable for damages. Many states have laws that impose liability on bars, clubs, restaurants, or hotels which supply liquor improperly, this is known as Dram Shop Law. In such cases, a business is expected to exercise due care and not to serve anyone who is obviously drunk.
Victims of drunker drivers should contact experienced DUI accident attorneys to pursue legal action. This area of law is very complex and if you do not know the ins and outs of litigation it could impede on getting the compensation you deserve.
Our PA DUI Accident Attorneys Can Help
Our Pennsylvania DUI accident attorneys will fight aggressively for justice against the drunk driver making him or her fully responsible for his or her actions.
Determining liability in drunk driving accidents requires proof that the negligent driver was legally intoxicated under Pennsylvania standards, meaning the negligent driver’s blood alcohol content had to be .08 or higher. When there is proof that this threshold was approached, met, or surpassed it shows that the negligent driver’s impairment affected his or her judgment, causing the crash to occur. The drunk driver is considered responsible for compensating the victims of his or her negligent actions and in some cases the bar or establishment that provided the alcohol can also be held liable.
Our DUI injury lawyers want to get you the compensation you deserve after being the victim of a drunk driver. You could receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of income, property damage, and more.
Please, if you or a loved one is the victim of a drunk driving accident injury, call our PA DUI Accident attorneys toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton and will travel to you.