The U.S. Office for Victims of Crimes estimates that one-third of all Americans will be injured in an accident involving a drunk driver during their lifetime. That injury could be minor, or it could be life-altering and even fatal.
In fact, consider these statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):
- More than 15,000 people die in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. annually.
- Over 40% of all motor vehicle accidents involve alcohol.
- One-quarter of all teen car accidents are alcohol-related.
The Irreversible Consequences of Drunk-Driving Accidents
The impaired condition of a drunk driver can cause dangerous behavior behind the wheel of a vehicle. Impaired drivers often lose coordination and judgment. They typically cannot react as quickly as needed to operate a motor vehicle.
Head-on collisions are not unusual in drunk-driving accidents, and these types of accidents can lead to some of the most severe car-crash injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limb and fatalities. The medical costs for victims of drunk drivers can be staggering, and the emotional damage can be overwhelming.
At Abramson & O’Connell, LLC, our drunk-driving accident attorneys have helped victims receive substantial compensation for their injures. We aggressively seek justice for the victims of drunk drivers.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Drunk-Driving Accident?
A driver who is beyond the legal blood-alcohol-content limit and causes an accident can be held personally liable for any resulting injuries.
However, there may be other parties who are legally responsible, as well. A bar or tavern that served an intoxicated guest may also be at fault under dram shop laws.
The experienced lawyers at Abramson & O’Connell will investigate whether the conduct of other parties contributed to the accident.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you need a compassionate and knowledgeable accident injury attorney who will aggressively stand up for your right to compensation.