Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable for the Injuries They Caused
There is no excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs in this day and age. Every driver knows the risks, and if they drive while intoxicated, they knowingly run the risk of causing severe injuries to others if—or when—they crash.
At Rice, Murtha & Psoras, we have seen how seriously drunk drivers can ruin people’s lives, and we hold impaired drivers who hurt others fully accountable to the maximum extent the law allows. We stand up for impaired driving accident victims and help our clients through every step of the often confusing legal process. If you were in an accident, call today to discuss your rights.
The Dangers of Impaired Drivers
Drunk drivers kill an estimated 10,000 persons each year—and in that instant they irrevocably shatter the lives of their victims’ loved ones. In addition, thousands of more people suffer serious and possibly life-damaging injuries at the hands of impaired drivers.
Every victim should assert their rights against the dangerous drivers who harmed them.
While no two drunk driving accidents are the same, impaired drivers exhibit common behaviors that can cause crashes, including:
- Swerving in and out of their lanes
- Turning the wrong way down one-way highways
- Excessive speeding
- Driving too slow
- Driving without lights
- Erratic driving patterns
- Losing focus on the road
- Losing the proper reaction times needed to slow down or stop
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Exhibiting generally impaired judgment
The combination of impaired focus, judgment, reflexes, and awareness all too often results in deadly accidents.
Standing up for Your Rights to Compensation
If an impaired driver injured you, a criminal DUI conviction may punish the driver, but will likely do little to compensate you for your injuries and extensive losses. Instead, you have the right to file a claim against the driver in civil court. The case will take place separate from criminal proceedings and allow you to seek the following damages and more:
- Cost of medical treatments
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injuries
If you lost a loved one in an impaired driving accident, you may have the right to file a claim for wrongful death and seek compensation for your tragic loss. While a lawsuit will never take away your injuries or bring back a loved one, it can hold a drunk driver financially responsible for your losses and possibly give you a greater sense of justice after a completely avoidable accident.
Contact a Baltimore Impaired Driving Accident Attorney for Help
At Rice, Murtha & Psoras, we have many ways to prove liability and your losses in an impaired driving accident case. We are familiar with both criminal and civil proceedings and can use that to the advantage of your case. To speak with a Baltimore drunk driving accident lawyer for free, please call (410) 694-7291 or contact us online today.