Alcohol related auto accidents can be among the most severe. Since these types of crashes affect thousands each year, they are a particular problem across the country. In 2002 alone, over 17,000 people nationwide were killed in alcohol related wrongful death. The country averages one death per half hour due to alcohol. The experienced attorneys at Ehline Law stand ready to assist the victims of such a disaster and hold the negligent party responsible.
The Alarming Numbers of Intoxicated Driving Injuries
Approximately 258,000 people suffer injuries each year in vehicle accidents related to alcohol. Every two minutes a person is injured in this type of accident, as shown by the National Center for Statistics & Analysis.
These types of accidents are a common occurrence across the nation, and plague Southern California. When faced with such a situation, an experienced attorney can give you more information, such as Ehline Law at 1-888-400-9721.
These types of accidents can cause severe financial, medical, and emotional strains on families. They could cause permanent, debilitating injuries that will affect the victims for years to come. A skilled attorney can assist in recovering the costs of this long term care and lost wages.
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Other economic losses
Having the right attorney will enable the victim and their family to obtain compensation for pain and suffering caused by these injuries and the costs for treatment already received. The spouse’s victim can also obtain compensation for loss of consortium. While no amount of money can truly replace bodily function or a family member, it can lighten the significant financial burden that cases like this create. We will fight any insurance company or opposing attorney that tries to lessen your return and make sure that the drunk driver is not let off the hook.
- Taking pictures of the incident scene
- Having persons involved in the collision provide recorded statements
- Obtaining a copy of the police report
- Examining the automobile or truck
- Establishing the extent of injuries that have been suffered
While these are usually completed by the insurance company within the first week of the accident, often it is completed within the first 24 hours of the accident. Different insurance companies have different tactics, including some that attempt to drive down compensation, especially without factoring in future issues, such as medical expenses or lost wages.
Driving is a privilege and social way of life. Every day approximately 200 million vehicles take to the road, according to Federal Highway Administration (FHA) data. Each year, there are approximately 40,000 traffic related death, many of which were alcohol related. When faced with such a case, the legal issues could be daunting. This could include both civil and criminal charges and would necessitate an attorney with experience in similar cases ready to go. If the drunk driver did not have liability insurance, the injured party may be entitled to recover damages from the driver. In some cases, this can be done in negotiations with the prosecutor or judge to garnish payments or to send the perp to jail. A convicted DUI driver is not allowed to declare bankruptcy on court ordered civil reparations. A skilled attorney will attend these criminal hearings and fight for the victim to receive the compensation they deserve.
Driving defensively can reduce the risk of being involved in a collision. Drivers should avoid distraction, such as other passengers, adjusting the radio, talking on the phone, or texting. Drivers must also be aware of other motorists driving erratically. They should also have proper insurance, including an uninsured motorist policy. This could be essential, especially if the other driver is under the influence and is uninsured or underinsured. Having an advocate to fight for you with the insurance company or the defendant is a vital step towards recovery.
Beware of the Tactics and Traps Insurance Companies Use
There are many cases where insurance companies try to reduce or reject proper compensation. Due to injury recovery being such a lengthy and arduous process, not all moments of pain and suffering are apparent to these companies. An attorney can properly document and log any incidents and all records needed for dealing with the insurance company. We can also help to get worker’s comp– as many companies try to deny payments for lost wages and medical expenses. There are some limitations on rights of reimbursement, but this is where having a skilled fighter to deal with the insurance companies is so vital. We can assist in finding other forms of insurance that may be available as well as the assets of the company or responsible party.
There may also be a liability issue on the part of others involved in the case. This can come into play with issues such as lights in the road being defective and the fault of a government agency. There could also be additional coverage provided by your insurance company for your injured as known by attorney, like those at Ehline Law. We can help guide you through the process, which includes:
- Economic losses that may be recovered
- Evaluating the extent and nature of the injuries
- Liability issues that are associated with the accident
- The history the driver may have for drunk driving
- Prior injuries which could be contested in court
- Dealing with shady insurance practices meant to reduce your settlement
DWI and DUI are two of the worst crimes on the road today, and the focus of groups lobbying against it. These types of accidents cause $51 billion in damage and year and many lives. There are two statutory offenses that relate to drivers who get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated, driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Police officers can sometimes pinpoint a drunk driver due to signs including erratic driving, slurred speech, disheveled appearance, and failed field sobriety tests. The field sobriety test can confirm what the police officer thought and put it in record.
It is illegal to drive in every state with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Anyone stopped by police with such a BAC can be charged with a DUI or DWI offense.
When facing severe injury or a lost loved one, don’t wait and only choose the best. Ehline Law’s record helping hundreds of injury victims speak for itself. Our lead attorney, Michael Ehline, is an inactive US Marine and Super Lawyers Rising Star winner. We look out for your and have the legal knowledge to see it through. Call us for a free consultation today at 888-400-9721.