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Have You Been Injured In A Car Accident Due To A Drunk Or Intoxicated Driver In Bucks County Or Montgomery County?
If a driver broke the law by being intoxicated behind the wheel, the law allows victims of their accidents to recover compensation for their damages. At Kats, Jamison & Associates, we believe in holding drunk drivers fully responsible for any injuries and losses their victims experience. If you believe you have been injured by a drunk or intoxicated driver, please call us immediately at 215-593-2623 or contact us online today to find the information you need to move forward.
Signs of a Drunk Driver’s Impairment
Drinking alcohol or consuming drugs can impair the following senses while driving:
– Reaction times
These impairments often cause a dangerous situation to occur including, but not limited to:
– Not stopping in time to avoid hitting the back of another car.
– Not noticing a car in a blind spot during an improper lane change.
– Not maintaining a steady speed which can confuse surrounding drivers.
– Not using good judgment, regarding speed, or drag racing.
– Unintentionally turning down the wrong side of the road or highway.
– Not maintaining control, crashing, and or causing a chain reaction involving other vehicles.
Even most careful drivers cannot always prevent drunk drivers from causing accidents around them. It is important to acknowledge the risks and statistics or intoxicated driving accidents. We are here to help guide you in the process of filing a claim for your personal injury case. If you have been injured in an auto accident involving a potentially intoxicated driver, don’t hesitate to reach Kats, Jamison & Associates with any questions or concerns.
Drunk Driving Statistics In Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Drunk Driving Statistics In Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Civil Drunk Driving Lawsuits Compared to Criminal DUI Cases
After a car accident occurs involving a suspected intoxicated driver, call the police immediately. The police officers can determine whether or not a person was intoxicated driving behind the wheel. Typically law enforcement will speak to the driver and perform field sobriety tests or breathalyzer tests to determine whether a driver was intoxicated or not. If the breathalyzer test concludes that the driver is over the legal limit, police officers have probable cause and will arrest the driver for driving under the influence (DUI).
A driver who is convicted of DUI or DWI will face penalties depending on the results of their breathalyzer test. The drivers blood alcohol content or BAC will factor into the proceedings, as well any history of drunk driving will be taken into account. Consequences may include significant fines, license suspension, and or even jail time. Regardless of the results of a criminal case, compensation for a victim does not satisfy any damages the victim may experience due to the accident caused by the drunk driver.
In this case, typically you must seek compensation in civil court by filing a lawsuit against the drunk driver. You may be able to use the results from the criminal case to your advantage when proving liability against the drunk driver.
In a personal injury case, the victim of the accident must prove the driver’s negligence. If the driver who caused the accident was obviously drunk, and was found guilty in a criminal case, that drunk driver can be certainly considered negligent. If a drunk driver was never arrested, a victim, or the victims attorney would have to present witness statements, and video evidence to prove that the driver was indeed intoxicated and caused the accident. An experienced drunk driving accident attorney will know how to use any criminal convictions or evidence to help your civil case reach a fair settlement.
Bodily Injuries in Drunk Driving Crashes in Bucks County, PA
– Back injuries
– Broken bones
– Burn injuries
– Spinal cord injuries
– Soft tissue injuries
– Skull fractures
– Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s)
– Whiplash and other neck injuries
It is important to immediately treat all of these conditions in an emergency room or medical center. Once your doctor identifies and diagnoses an injury, a treatment plan is created, which may require time in the hospital to heal, medical surgeries, visits with specialists and other doctors, rehabilitative therapies, medications and or medical equipment. The costs of treatments (including the future projected cost) can add up quickly and can add unnecessary and unwanted stress into your life.
Sometimes, severe injuries can keep you out of work for an extended period of time. It is important to calculate these expenses to make sure that the victim is fairly compensated for his or her loses. If you are forced to get a new job because of the limitations caused by your injury, you may lose a significant amount of income during the course of your career. These types of loses are fortunately recoverable in most drunk driving accident cases.
Our drunk driving accident attorney’s understand how to determine all of your past and future losses to make sure you receive full compensation you deserve after a car accident with an intoxicated driver.
Helping Victims of Drunk Driver Accidents in Bucks County
– Brain and head injuries
– Emotional distress
– Future lost wages
– Hospital bills/Medical Expenses
– Lost earnings/earning capacity
– Pain and suffering.
– Physical disabilities
– Rehabilitation expenses
– Scars, losses of limbs
Drug & Alcohol related accident victims require a team of experienced and aggressive investigators and lawyers, determined to giving their maximum efforts to their clients. At Kats, Jamison & Associates, our Feasterville, Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys will investigate every claim in order to obtain the best possible results for our clients.
When you need a Feasterville, Pennsylvania, or Bucks County personal injury attorney to represent you, or a loved one who suffered a DUI-related accident injury, please contact our office at 215-593-2623.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay to speak with an attorney?
Philly Lawyers offers free case reviews so that you can better understand your legal options. This means you pay nothing for your first consultation. Additionally, Kats, Jamison & Associates works on a contingency fee basis meaning that if you do choose to hire us, you pay us nothing unless and until we win your case.
What should I do immediately after I’ve been involved in a car accident?
Call the police and make sure an ambulance is sent as soon as possible. Make sure everyone involved in the accident is conscious and responsive. Stay at the scene even if the accident isn’t serious, the police should be called regardless and a police report should be filed. It is important when speaking to the police that you stick to the facts, do not speculate, and most importantly do not admit any fault. Make sure you take as many pictures as you can with your cell phone. Also, we suggest taking a picture of the other person’s license plate, their drivers license, and insurance information. The pictures should document any damage that is caused by both vehicles. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if injured, even if you do not feel any pain, you may be in a state of shock and could experience medical issues later on.
What should I do before leaving the scene of an accident?
After a car accident, it is important to collect as much information as possible. Document the names, addresses, license plates of any other vehicle involved in the accident. Either document the weather conditions at the time of the accident or take pictures of the scene surrounding the accident. If you believe that road maintenance or lack thereof was a factor in the accident – it is important to document this as well. After your immediate medical injuries have been taken into account, it is then time to speak with a lawyer immediately. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the more time you will have to successfully prepare a personal injury case. The team at Kats, Jamison & Associates will analyze your car/motorcycle accident and determine whether or not you have a claim. Through this process we will make sure to protect your rights and guard you from predatory insurance company practices.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case regarding a car accident?
If you are experiencing pain, injury, or financial damages as a result of someone else’s negligence. You may have a personal injury case. If the other driver was at fault or failed to follow the legal rules of the road – our car accident attorneys may be able to prove that the other party is liable for those damages. For example, if you were rear-ended in a car accident, typically the other driver is responsible for that accident and the insurance company could be liable for any damages
What should I expect the first few days following a car accident?
Within the first few days, you will receive communications from both your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company. You may be contacted by your health insurance company, doctors, and even attorneys. The other driver’s insurance company may request that you sign medical authorizations so they can retrieve your medical records. Before you speak to any of these people or sign any documents, it is important that you seek legal counsel.
How do I pay for medical expenses while my case is pending?
You may have a difficult time paying for your medical expenses, even if you have health insurance. Make sure to bill any treatment as you normally would through your healthcare provider. Additionally, you may have medical payment coverage under your car insurance plan. This could be used to cover your co-pays and other medical expenses that your health insurance company may not cover initially.
What type of compensation should I expect to receive for my car accident case?
This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on many factors. If we are successful in proving that the other party is liable for your injuries and damages, you could be compensated for medical bills and any other hospital costs, lost wages, costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy, disability or disfigurement, pain and suffering, wrongful death, including loss of financial support and any other out of pocket expense that was related to your accident.
How long will it take to complete my case?
Depending on the severity of your injuries and the length of time you need to heal from your injuries will determine the length of your claim. We also have to factor in the willingness of the other party to settle as they make their initial offer. If unreasonable offers are made, your claim may proceed to trial, which will increase the length of your claim.
What are the fees for representing me in a car accident case?
At Kats, Jamison & Associates all personal injury accident cases are handled on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that we will never charge you upfront for any cost and we will advance all costs and expenses. You will not have to reimburse our Firm for any costs unless we are successful. You will pay absolutely nothing for lawyers’ fees unless we win a monetary sum in your case.