Posted on January 23, 2018
Over the past week in Lancaster County, two citizens have been stopped and charged with DUI by police. In one event a 27-year-old was charged with DUI after he drove his vehicle into a pasture. In another event, a 25-year-old was charged with DUI as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while operating a suspended license, and two other traffic offenses. Unfortunately, DUI accidents are happening at high rates, many of them ending in horrific damages, such as injuries and fatality.
The statistics are concerning. Adults drink and drive about 121 million times per year, which causes about 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving every day. In 2014, about 16% of drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were drunk, which is compared to the 29% that happen on weekends. Also in 2014, about 10.1 million people admitted that they were driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs during the past year. These statistics shed light on the fact that DUI accidents could happen in a matter of seconds, causing chaos in your life with serious injuries.
When you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, one of the first things you must do is seek medical treatment for your injuries, as it will help you prove your case later on, as well as how severe it truly was. After this, you want to determine which party was liable for your accident and how drinking and driving caused the many damages in your case.
Negligent actions by a driver lead to the negligence required to prove your claim. If the police have arrived on the scene and concluded that a driver is driving under the influence, they will probably make an arrest. A citation for an open container or alcohol in the driver’s system will be helpful when you are negotiating your case in the months to come, as it is solid evidence that the driver was at fault.
When you have been injured, you may be eligible for certain damages. You may find that you are eligible for special damages, which reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses like loss of income, medical expenses and more. You may also find that in these highly delicate cases, you are eligible for general damages, which compensate you for physical pain and suffering, as well as the emotional damages you have sustained in your accident. These accidents tend to be catastrophic in nature, so making your claim for these damages should be possible with help from an attorney.
At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we have what it takes to litigate your case and help you acquire the damages you deserve in your time of need. Call us for more information on how we can help you make your claim and show that a driver was acting negligently, at 888-208-1810.