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Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk Driving Accident Victim Representation

It’s a matter of life and death, the death or severe injury of an innocent victim as a result of tangling with a drunk driver. Alcohol impaired drivers cause horrific crashes that kill roughly 36 people every day and carry a further toll of at least 700 injured. The costs racked up for these crashes hovers around $51 billion, and that is just the monetary costs. It doesn’t include the devastation of hundreds of people’s lives and livelihoods as the result of being involved in a car accident where the other driver was impaired.

In 2006 alone there were over 13,470 people killed in crashes where one driver was under the influence of alcohol. That figure represents roughly one-third of all traffic deaths in the US – a frightening statistic that represents hundreds of grieving families who have lost someone they loved.

In 2007, the most recent figures available, there were over 1.4 million drivers arrested for DUI (driving under the influence) of alcohol. These are just the arrests. Those who took part in a self-reporting survey, who said they had driven while drunk, numbered 159 million a year. To compound the problem, the companions to alcohol are generally drugs of different varieties that include Mary Jane, street drugs and cocaine and heroin.

Drunk drivers don’t injure and kill just themselves or other adults. They have been responsible, on average, for over 306 child passenger deaths yearly and for killing or maiming 45 child pedestrians or cyclists.

IF YOU ARE INJURED IN A COLLISION INVOLVING A DRUNK DRIVER:

Contact an attorney who has extensive experience in dealing with personal injury cases like this. Your journey to justice needs a lawyer who understands what you are going through and the injuries or death you are struggling to handle.

There are a wide variety of injuries you may suffer as a result of a drunk driving accident. Some of them include back, shoulder, leg and joint pain and damage. There may be internal problems like bleeding, traumatic brain injury, skull fractures or broken bones. If you were lucky, you may have survived the crash with sore muscles and whiplash. Neither of these scenarios addresses the very real emotional and mental trauma that echoes on long after the actual crash. These too are personal injuries.

It doesn’t matter what type of injuries you receive, how much pain you do or do not have, or whether or not you can see your injuries. No injuries sustained in an alcohol-related car crash should be underestimated. All trauma inflicted as the result of an accident needs to be checked by a medical doctor and validated, diagnosed and treated.

You need to immediately contact an attorney who will assist you on your road to a just economic settlement for your injuries.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED:

Aside from immediately getting medical help, you must discuss your case with an experienced attorney in order to determine a potential settlement amount. Arriving at a figure for your settlement is a complex process and involves things you might not even be aware of or stop to think about.

The first thing you will be concerned about is your medical bills. Keep track of them and make sure your attorney knows precisely how much they are and what treatments you received. Let the attorney know the amount of damages to your vehicle.

If you are unable to work full time or part time, or not work at all, you need to also inform your attorney about your wages and discuss what you have lost as a result of the accident. If the accident has left you bedridden or unable to perform your normal daily routines and you need assistance, this is also something that is factored into working out a settlement amount.

In short, the bottom line is that if you have experienced a significant change in your life due to injuries caused by a drunk driver, then you need to speak to a highly skilled personal injury lawyer. Justice is what you deserve, and justice is what you will get when you have your case handled by an attorney who understands what it’s like to have your life turned upside down on the whim of a drunk driver.

Located in Austin, Texas, Lee, Gober & Reyna represents clients throughout Central Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, including the cities of Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Temple, Waco, Bryan, Houston, Conroe, Baytown, Galveston, Beaumont, Port Arthur, San Antonio, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Seguin, San Marcos, San Angelo, Abilene, Laredo, Corpus Christi, McAllen and Harlingen, as well as Williamson County, Travis County and Hays County. Sitemap
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