Orlando Attorneys Fighting for DUI Accident Victims
Intoxicated drivers cause about thirty percent of the fatal traffic accidents in the U.S., and they cause thousands of severe injuries. If you’re injured in a crash with an intoxicated driver, take the case to an Orlando DUI accident victim attorney at the Orlando Personal Injury Law Offices.
It doesn’t take much alcohol to reach the legal limit, which in all fifty states is a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent. The National Commission Against Drunk Driving says more than 250,000 are injured by intoxicated drivers – and about 10,000 are killed – every year.
Although impaired drivers face criminal penalties in every state, in far too many cases, it is the innocent victims of drunk drivers who pay the real price, and no amount of cash can ever truly pay for their suffering.
Are You at Risk?
When someone drives after drinking, that motorist puts other drivers, passengers, and innocent bystanders at risk. Those who survive a collision with a drunk driver may sustain broken bones, a severe brain or spinal cord injury, severe burns, disfigurement, or an injury requiring amputation.
If you are injured by an impaired driver, seek medical attention immediately, and then arrange as quickly as possible to consult with a personal injury attorney at the Orlando Personal Injury Law Offices.
What Are Your Rights If an Impaired Driver Injures You?
Under the personal injury laws of every state, those who are injured by drunk drivers are entitled to reimbursement for their medical costs, their lost earnings, and all other injury-related losses arising from a collision with an intoxicated driver.
Being “entitled” to compensation does not mean that a check magically appears in your mailbox or bank account. You’ll need a good injury attorney who can prove that you were injured and that the impaired driver’s negligence is the cause of your personal injury or injuries.
Contact a personal injury lawyer at the Orlando Personal Injury Law Offices as quickly as possible if you are injured by a drunk driver. Evidence can deteriorate or disappear, and witnesses quickly forget details, so you need to put your attorney on the case right away.
What Does It Take to Prevail With a Personal Injury Claim?
If you file a personal injury claim after an accident with an intoxicated driver, there’s a good chance that your claim will prevail. If the driver is convicted of DUI, or if he or she failed to pass a sobriety test, you’ll have powerful evidence in support of your claim.
However, you and your attorney will have to prove that you were injured by that particular driver in that particular accident. You’ll also need to demonstrate the extent of your injuries so that a compensation amount can be determined.
What Injuries Are Common in DUI-Related Accidents?
In DUI-related accidents, the injuries can affect victims for the remainder of their lives. Common injuries sustained in DUI-related accidents include:
1. Traumatic brain injuries: Any jolt or blow to the head can trigger a brain injury. If undiscovered, a brain injury may remain latent and emerge weeks later as a serious medical condition.
2. Spinal cord injuries: Many spinal cord injury victims never fully recover. After a spinal cord injury, inflammation and swelling can substantially exacerbate the damage.
3. Fractures: Some bone fractures can only be detected when you are examined by a doctor. What may feel like a sprain may be a fracture, but only a medical exam can tell you with certainty.
4. Soft tissue injuries: In any traffic accident, you can suffer whiplash if your neck muscles are abruptly stretched and yanked.
Broken and crushed limbs that require amputation, disfigurement and burn injuries, and ankle and wrist sprains are also frequently sustained in DUI-related traffic collisions.
What Steps Should You Take?
If an intoxicated driver crashes into your vehicle, try to think clearly and remain calm, because you’ll need to do several things almost at once. The immediate priority after an accident is summoning medical help for yourself and anyone else who’s been injured.
The next priority is calling the police. You’ll need a copy of their accident report if you decide later to take legal action. If eyewitnesses are on the scene, ask for their names and contact details. Take photos of the accident scene, your visible injuries, and the damage to the vehicles.
Obtain the other driver’s name, contact details, and insurance information. If that driver is too intoxicated or injured to cooperate with you, the police may be able to help you get the information you need.
Photos and eyewitness accounts can be persuasive evidence in personal injury cases. You should also keep and make copies of medical bills, test results, the police report, and any other documents pertinent to the accident.
Read more tips about how to handle a car accident from our blog post.
What Will it Cost to Seek Justice?
Cash can’t compensate for the tragedies caused by drunk drivers, but an Orlando DUI accident victim attorney at the Orlando Personal Injury Law Offices can help you win the compensation you may need to move forward positively and constructively after a drunk driving tragedy.
It costs nothing to get started. We provide your first legal consultation at no cost and with no obligation. You pay no attorney’s fee until and unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.
Learn more by calling our Orlando offices at (407) 270-0052, or reach us by using the contact form here on our website. In Orlando and across central Florida, we will fight for the justice – and for the compensation – that the injured victims of intoxicated drivers need.