When an intoxicated driver is on the road, an accident can be difficult to avoid. Even if you are being cautious while driving, you may be unable to get out of the path of a driver that is incapable of proper reasoning. Have you been seriously injured by a drunk driver? Have you lost a loved one because someone stepped behind the wheel after too many drinks? Our Morgantown car accident attorney is here to help.
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Drunk drivers cause serious personal injury and property damages when they hit other drivers. Some injuries can be recovered from, while others are catastrophic injuries from which the victim may never fully recover. Drunk driving victims can suffer from any of the following forms of personal injury:
Drunk driving accidents are far more common that they should be. Over 10,000 individuals died from a collision involving an impaired driver in 2010 alone. That same year, there were 1.4 million drivers that were taken into custody after being found with alcohol or drugs in their system. Other statistics show that one person dies every 48 minutes in the U.S.—that's 30 people each day.
The cost of an injury can be incredibly high. Drunk driving accidents are known to cost around $51 billion each year. Those that are injured can deal with the initial hospital expense, along with later medical treatments, modifications that may be necessary to make to a home for the injury or even the loss of wages for those that are left too disabled to work. Families can also deal with extensive expenses when their loved one is killed. There is likely to be the hospital bills for care prior to them passing, the funeral costs and some families may even suffer further if the individual lost was the main income earner for them.
Law enforcement has taken great efforts to reduce the number of alcohol related accidents, but the problem is so widespread that it is difficult to bring under control. In an effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities, a number of serious ramifications have been put in place for those who are are found to be driving drunk. Anyone found responsible for a drunk driving accident that resulted in an injury or a death will face even higher penalties. While this may be useful to bring the person to justice, for victims and families, it is often not enough.
Have you or a loved one been injured by a drunk driver? Speak with a Morgantown personal injury attorney from our team as soon as you can. In addition to the legal and administrative penalties that a drunk driver can face, he or she could be held liable for the damages they caused you.
At Cranston & Edwards, PLLC, we have extensive experience handling drunk driving cases and can help you to seek the compensation you need in order to move on with your life.
Get in contact with our firm as soon as possible so we can review your case to determine if you are owed damages. Let us help you build a strong case to establish negligence and win the settlement or verdict you deserve!