Why does it seem like no matter what we do, we keep hearing about drunk driving cases causing injuries and fatalities? While the last thing you ever expect is to need a DUI accident attorney, we know that these incidents happen at alarming rates.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a drunk driver’s negligence, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are standing by. We will investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your crash-related expenses.
What Are The Numbers?
Before we get to the specific alcohol-related numbers, you need to understand the overall statistics for vehicle crashes in Pennsylvania. For the latest reporting year here, there were over 128,000 vehicle crashes. Out of those crashes, there were:
- 80,612 injuries reported
- 1,137 fatalities reported
When we dig deeper into the stats, we see that over 4,000 of those injuries were reported as being serious, which means that they were life-altering injuries.
When it comes to alcohol-related crashes, the numbers are not good. During that same year, alcohol-related crashes (10,346) were responsible for:
- 293 fatalities
These incidents were responsible for 26% of all traffic fatalities. When an impaired driver gets behind the wheel, they are much more likely to cause serious injuries or fatalities. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of an alcohol-related incident:
- Spinal cord injuries (with possible paralysis)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
Each of these injuries requires immediate medical care. For severe injuries, a victim faces long periods of rehabilitation and recovery time. In the worst cases, a crash victim is disabled and not able to return to work or enjoy their life the same way they used to.
- Medical expenses for these injuries can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Pennsylvania has dram shop and liquor laws. This means that it may be possible to hold those who serve a person alcohol responsible for injuries or damages that person causes in a crash. It is illegal for a clerk, server, or bartender to continue to serve alcoholic beverages to a person who is visibly intoxicated. Under no circumstances should alcohol be served to a minor.
Let Us Help You Get The Compensation You Deserve
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the reckless actions of a drunk driver, we know you need help. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., you can count on our dedicated team to be by your side. We will work to investigate this incident so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include the following:
- Coverage for all of your medical expenses
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the drunk driver