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Have you been injured in a car accident due to a drunk or intoxicated driver in Bucks or Montgomery County?
Have you or a loved one been injured due to a drunk driver? If so, the Bucks County Drunk Driving Attorneys at Kats, Jamison & Associates understand the risks and consequences associated with car accidents involving a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Most people drink responsibly and do not operate a vehicle if they have had too many drinks. However, intoxicated drivers still sometimes end up putting the key into the ignition, causing potentially fatal accidents which leave victims with serious life-threatening injuries.
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 or today to find the information you need to move forward.
Signs of a Drunk Driver’s Impairment
If you notice a potentially drunk or impaired driver on the road, it is important to give them some room and call the appropriate authorities.
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
According to PENNDOT, 14,656 people where involved in an auto accidents in Bucks County, PA in 2017 alone. Out of those approximately 15,000 people, 7.14% of crashes were alcohol related. 1.04% of crashes were drug related. And a small percentage of accidents, 0.39% involved an under-aged drunk driver.
Drunk Driving Statistics In Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
According to PENNDOT, 22,036 people where involved in an auto accidents in Montgomery County, PA in 2017. Out of those approximately 22,000 people, 6.38% of crashes were alcohol related.1.16% of crashes were drug related. And a small percentage of accidents, 0.28% involved an under-aged drunk driver.
Civil Drunk Driving Lawsuits Compared to Criminal DUI Cases
Drunk Drivers are subject to arrest for criminal charges if they are found intoxicated at the scene an automobile accident. If you were injured in an accident because of an intoxicated driver, you may also have the right to bring forth a private lawsuit against that driver to recover compensation. Criminal and civil lawsuits are separate matters, so you must tend to each individually.
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
There are many different types of injuries a victim can sustain due to the negligence of a drunk driver. These can range from minor injuries, to severe and potentially life threatening injuries including but not limited to:
- 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
At Kats, Jamison & Associates, we understand that representing victims of drug or alcohol related car accidents require a particular set of skills and knowledge, to recover the maximum amount of compensation using the full extent of the law. We will fight for your rights to recover the many types of damages and compensation to which you may be entitled. These typically included, but are not limited to:
- 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
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 using the information below:
To receive a free consultation, please call our offices to schedule an appointment for your personal injury case
Address: 1 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053
Phone: (215) 396-9001