When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, you know there are risks on the roadways. However, the last thing you ever think you will need is a Bethlehem DUI accident lawyer. If the actions of an alcohol-impaired driver have caused harm to you or a loved one, we are standing by.
The qualified and experienced team at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. is ready to get to work today. We will get to the bottom of what happened and secure the compensation you deserve.
What are the statistics for PA?
To get to the bottom of how much of a problem drunk driving is in Pennsylvania, we need to look at the numbers from the latest reporting year here. We know that there were over 128,000 total traffic crashes reported. Out of those, there were:
- Over 80,000 injuries (4,000 which were reported as severe)
- 1,137 fatalities
If we look at alcohol-related crashes, we see that there were 10,346 of them. That is not such a big number, right?
While alcohol-related crashes only made up around 8% of the overall crashes for the latest year, they were responsible for 26% of the total traffic crash fatalities.
Are the injuries from these incidents severe?
Injuries from alcohol-related crashes tend to be more severe than other crashes. That is because alcohol-impaired drivers often travel at high rates of speed, operate recklessly, and rarely slow down before an impact with another vehicle. That is why it is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of these incidents:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
For many of these injuries, a DUI crash victim will need extensive medical care. If a victim is disabled and cannot work (temporarily or permanently), they will lose the income they need to support themselves and their families. On top of the enormous medical bills coming in, they may not be able to pay their regular household expenses.
- Will the insurance companies factor this into their settlement calculations?
It is important that drunk drivers are held responsible for their actions. If a server or store clerk sold alcohol to a person who was visibly intoxicated who went on to cause an injury, they could also be held responsible through Pennsylvania’s dram shop and liquor laws.
Call us today so we can get to work
We know that all vehicle crashes can be confusing and scary, but if you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver, please seek legal assistance now. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we have the experience you need to work with all parties involved to get the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills related to the crash
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the driver