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. 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, 30-35% of all traffic deaths can be connected to a driver who had drugs or alcohol in their system when behind the wheel.
DUI arrests are often repeat offenders,especially in those between 21-25 years old, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
HIT BY A DRUNK DRIVER? HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver you should contact a DUI attorney as you could be entitled to compensation not just for vehicle and medical expenses, but also for pain and suffering. 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 to a drink driver can be considered negligent making the business 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.
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, Philadelphia and Scranton and will travel to you.
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What To Do After an Accident
Call the police
A police report is a necessary document for any personal injury claim arising from an auto accident. This will not only contain information regarding how the accident occurred and whether injuries were sustained, but also witness information that may be valuable in future litigation. If for some reason you do not call the police immediately, there is a form you can complete to file an accident report after it occurs, which can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles site: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/dl_forms/aa-600.pdf
Seek medical treatment
If you sustained an injury in the accident, even if you are not sure whether it is serious, you should seek immediate medical treatment and truthfully describe your symptoms to the person who treats you. They may take X-Rays, MRIs, or other diagnostic tests to determine whether you need treatment. It is common to receive a “sprain and strain” diagnosis, which the emergency room physicians may say should improve with rest and over the counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen. Hopefully, you will improve. However, if you continue to have problems after the initial visit, you should consider following up with your regular doctor or a specialist to see if the injury is more severe than the original diagnosis would indicate.
Detail the accident
After a crash, you may have a vivid recollection of exactly what happened, or you may not recall the events. Since memories may fade over time, it is helpful to draw the road or intersection where the accident occurred, including the position of the vehicles and any traffic lights or signs. If you recall what speed you were traveling, whether you saw the other driver on a cell phone, or anything else that you think may be important, writing it down can help refresh your recollection later on.
Call your insurance agent
Your car insurance will likely cover your initial medical bills, up to your coverage limit. You may also have wage loss and property damage coverage. It is important to contact your insurance company to open the claim and provide them with whatever information they need.
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Related Practice Areas
Car Accident Attorneys
Depending on the circumstances of your car accident, you or your loved one could recover compensation for all that you have endured. This area of law is very complicated; there are exceptions and technicalities that if you do not know the law can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is why it is imperative you consult with our experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm to guide you through your claim.
Flying Ice and Snow Accidents
When these types of accidents occur causing you or your loved one harm, you should always contact the Pisanchyn Law Firm’s experienced accident attorneys as you could receive compensation for the injuries you or a loved one suffered – even if the at-fault driver doesn’t stop.
Roadway Defect Accident Attorneys
Our experienced accident attorneys will gather the evidence and use our expertise to help you get compensation from whomever is responsible for your roadway hazard caused collision.
Multi Car Pileup Accidents
If you have been involved in a multi-vehicle accident, we encourage you to contact us. We can assess your situation, and we can advise you on any steps you need to take to protect your legal rights. To speak with a Pennsylvania trucking injury lawyer about your case, call 1-800-444-5309 today for your free consultation.
Unsecured Load Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured, or a loved one has lost their life as a result of flying debris while driving, you may be entitled to compensation. Call 1-800-444-5309 now for a free consultation. We have offices in Harrisburg, Scranton, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and will travel to you.
Vehicle Recall Attorneys
Whether defective seat belts, car seats, airbags, brakes, gears or tires caused your accident or made it worse please, fill out the form on the right or call our Pennsylvania accident attorneys now toll free at 1-800-444-5309.
Seat Belt Malfunction
Our experienced seat belt malfunction attorneys will help you after you or a loved suffers an injury as a result of a defective seat belt. We will gather the evidence and use our expertise to help you get compensation from whomever is responsible for your seat belt injury.
Tire Defect Attorneys
Please, call our PA tire blowout and defective tire attorneys now toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton and will travel to you.
Defective Airbag Attorneys
Contact our experienced Pennsylvania defective airbag attorneys after you or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of a defective airbag. We will gather the evidence and use our expertise to help you get compensation from whomever is responsible for the defect in the airbag.
Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
Please, call our Pennsylvania accident attorneys toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Scranton and will travel to you.
Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Please, if you or a loved has been hit by a car, don’t suffer any longer. Call our pedestrian injury attorneys toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation.
Bicycle Accident Attorneys
When you call for your free consultation, we will consider all the details related to your accident and let you know the best steps to take. Evidence and witnesses disappear, and accident victims have strict deadlines to file legal claims, so it is in your best interested to contact an attorney as soon as possible.