When you are involved in a vehicle accident, it’s scary. It can take weeks for you to finally relax, but if you were injured in the accident, your recovery period will entail much more than just an emotional shift. Car accidents are traumatic, and if the person who caused your accident was subsequently charged with a DUI, or driving under the influence, you can feel even more unnerved.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 30 people die each day in drunk-driving vehicle accidents throughout America. This staggering number does not include the number of people injured, which is about 800 per day according to MADD. One thing is certain: driving under the influence is dangerous and can be fatal for others who share the road.
Alcohol and other substances significantly reduce the abilities needed to safely drive. For example, both alcohol and marijuana cause decreased coordination, reaction time, and judgment, all skills required to operate a vehicle without incident. Unfortunately, people do get behind the wheel while intoxicated and can cause you injury.
If you have been injured, or if a loved one has passed away, due to a vehicle accident involving a person driving under the influence, it is imperative that you immediately begin to work with a personal injury attorney who has experience in DUI case litigation. The team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates has decades of experience fiercely fighting for our injured clients and getting the compensation they deserve from insurance companies and from the person who caused the accident due to their DUI.
If the driver that caused your accident was intoxicated, they will face the courtroom during their criminal case. As the injured party, you can also file a civil claim against the driver, suing for compensation for your injuries, suffering, and work time lost. If the at-fault driver is found guilty during the criminal case, it will be even easier to prove fault and negligence in your civil claim.
You do not need to know the ins and outs of complicated DUI law. You only need to work with an attorney who does. If you have been involved in an accident due to a driver who was intoxicated, call our team immediately to talk more about your situation and your options. We look forward to serving you and advocating for your best outcome.