Even though drunk driving is against the law, every day people decide to take that risk and put not only their own lives, but the lives of countless innocent people they share the roads with, in danger. These people too often end up in serious car accidents that cause serious injuries and even fatal injuries to the people involved. If you were hurt in a DUI crash and want to talk to a DUI accident lawyer in Allentown, the attorneys with the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you get justice in civil court.
After the accident
Being hurt in a car crash is a harrowing experience, and it can leave you feeling confused and unsure of what steps to take first. Here is what you need to do after the accident:
- Get medical help right away
- Get pictures of the license plate of the vehicle that collided with you if you are able to, in the event the drunk driver tries to flee the scene
- Keep records related to injuries and treatment: photos of injuries, copies of medical bills, copies of pay stubs if wages were lost due to being too injured to work
- Contact an attorney to discuss your case
You have legal options as an accident victim
If you were hurt in a car crash with a drunk or otherwise impaired driver, you have legal options available to you in civil court. The impaired driver can be held liable in court, meaning they can be made to be accountable for the pain and suffering they caused by getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Driving while intoxicated is considered an act of negligence by the civil courts, and that negligence means the at-fault driver is responsible for damages—damages that they may have to pay to you, the victim, to make up for the pain they put you through.
DUI accident injury and fatality facts
According to reports made by the Foundation for Advocating Alcohol Responsibility, more than 10,000 drunk-driving-related fatalities took place across the nation in 2016. More than 325 of these fatalities took place in the state of Pennsylvania. More than one-third of all these fatalities statewide involved a repeat offender as the at-fault driver, and more than 70 percent of these crashes involved a driver with a high blood alcohol content (0.15 or higher).
We can help if you have been injured in a DUI crash
If you were hurt in an accident with an intoxicated drivers and want to talk to a DUI accident lawyer in Allentown, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you file a claim. We will help you seek the recovery of damages from the impaired driver who caused your pain and suffering. Damages are assessed based on extent of injury, pain and suffering endured, and damages to your vehicle caused by the at-fault driver. These damages are assigned a dollar value and can then be paid out to you by the liable party, and we will work hard as your courtroom advocates to get you every dime you are entitled to. Contact us today for a free consultation.