Anyone who decides to drink alcohol and then get behind the wheel is committing a crime. This crime often has devastating consequences, as these drivers are risking the lives of everyone else on the road. Drunk driving often results in catastrophic injuries and premature deaths.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., our experienced and compassionate lawyers have more than 75 years of experience fighting for the rights of personal injury victims. We are dedicated to winning you compensation for your injuries as quickly as possible.
A Widespread Problem
In the United States, drunk driving accidents are happing at an astonishing rate. Statistics now reveal that three out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident at some point in their lives.
Auto accidents involving alcohol accounted for more than 1,700 deaths in 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In about 75 percent of those cases, the driver was legally intoxicated, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher.
Impairment Caused by Drinking and Driving
Drinking and driving impairs judgment and delays your reaction time. This can have severe and devastating consequences on other drivers on the road. If nothing unexpected happens, you may not have an accident, but when driving you need to be able to react to the sometimes unpredictable behavior of other drivers. When you cannot, or if you respond inappropriately, accidents occur, and innocent drivers often suffer catastrophic injuries from drunk drivers.
Punishment for the Driver
If you have been hit by a drunk driver, the criminal court system punishes that driver for breaking the law and causing the accident. However, the criminal court does not compensate victims or their families. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident by a drunk driver, that reckless driver should be held responsible for your injuries.
Damages You May Collect
You may be able to collect compensation for:
- Hospital treatment
- Ongoing medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of your medication
- Physical therapy or other rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages and the inability to earn future wages
- Property damage and repairs
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
Be Wary of Insurance Companies
If you have been injured in a drink driving accident, be careful not to speak to an insurance adjuster without first talking to a qualified Chicago accident attorney. Insurance companies will attempt to pay you as little as possible for your injuries, and pressure you into agreeing to a fast, cheap settlement offer. Insurance representatives may try to call you, or even visit you in the hospital or stop by your house. You have no obligation to speak to them until you consult a lawyer.
The accident attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. can help you win the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Your first call to us will not cost you a penny, because we offer free consultations. Please contact our law firm to learn how we can help. Our law firm never charges unless we win your case.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, and you need help, please call or email us today or text "Walnerlaw" to 41513 for a FREE consultation.