Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) are both very serious offenses that kill thousands of people each year in the United States. Even though the laws pertaining to these types of accidents have become stricter over the years, preventable and avoidable accidents of this nature still take place far too frequently. People who drive with increased blood alcohol content (BAC) are at a higher risk of becoming distracted and causing a serious motor vehicle crash, resulting in injuries or even death. In the United States, laws are in place that state drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or higher while driving can have their license suspended and/or be criminally charged, depending on the severity of the offense. If you or someone you love has been affected by a drunk driver, we encourage you to contact the DWI attorneys at Rad Law Firm. We have more than 20 years of experience representing victims of drunk driving accidents and are prepared to fight for your rights today.
DUI Accident Injuries
Perhaps shockingly, in the United States approximately 40% of all car-related injuries are caused by some level of alcohol consumption. According to the Centers for Disease control, there are more than 1.5 million DUI arrests made nationally each year. These are staggering statistics that highlight the seriousness of drunk driving and the damages that it can result in. There are many different causes of drunk driving accidents, the most common of which is the intoxicated driver falling asleep at the wheel. Unfortunately, both DUI and DWI accidents are oftentimes fatal and life-changing for those involved. Here is a look at some of the most common injuries associated with drunk driving accidents:
- Neck and back injuries
- Loss of limb
- Spinal cord injuries
- Tooth loss or other dental trauma
The severity of injuries that occur as a result of a drunk driving accident will vary depending on numerous different factors. Speed, the makes and models of the vehicles involved, and seatbelt use are just a few of the main factors that could play into whether someone is left with injuries that require a long recovery period, or death.
Who May Be Liable?
Drunk driving cases can be quite complicated, which is where we come in. As experienced DWI attorneys, we have the tools and resources to fight for your rights and ensure justice is served. In most cases, the intoxicated driver whose actions caused the accident is liable for any damages caused because of their carelessness or recklessness. However, there are certain instances where another party may be held liable in addition to the driver. If the intoxicated driver was found to be over served at a bar or restaurant, the bartender or owner of the establishment may be held responsible. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with an intoxicated driver, please contact the DWI attorneys at Rad Law Firm today so that we can get started on your case.