According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alabama has a severe problem with drunk driving. Drivers throughout the state are nearly twice as likely to be killed by a drunk driver than the national rate. SafeWise analyzed drunk driving fatality data and found that Alabama ranked seventh in the nation in 2019 in impaired driving deaths per 100,000 residents.
If you are one of the many victims of drunk driving in Alabama, you might find it worthwhile to work with a lawyer who can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation at no upfront cost. Call our team at the Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158 for a free no-obligation consultation.
Drunk Drivers Threaten Innocent Lives
Driving while drunk or otherwise impaired is arguably the most reckless decision that a motorist can make. Being under the influence of alcohol increases a driver’s likelihood of causing an accident tremendously. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlines the important driving skills affected by being drunk:
- It increases the time that the drunk driver needs to process information. This delay creates a more significant time gap between a driver becoming aware of possible danger (such as a vehicle they are about to strike) and the driver reacting to the threat by braking or swerving.
- It may affect the driver’s vision. This could mean having blurred vision, double vision, or difficulty distinguishing colors.
- It increases the likelihood that a driver will make an impulsive or otherwise risky choice, which often puts other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians at risk.
Being legally drunk dangerously impairs drivers. When a driver is extremely intoxicated, they may be more likely to drive in an impulsive way or exercise poor judgment by:
- Driving dangerously close to the car in front of them.
- Changing lanes abruptly and without signaling.
- Swerving in and out of their lane.
- Running red lights.
- Turning in front of oncoming traffic.
- Failing to stop at stop signs.
- Taking their attention away from the road for dangerously long periods.
- Acting in other ways that increase the risk of injury and death to others on and around the road.
These characteristic behaviors of drunk drivers may have factored into your accident and resulting injuries. Regardless of whether a drunk driver directly caused an accident or not, the fact that they were drunk could make them legally liable for the consequences of the collision. You might benefit from discussing your case with a Birmingham drunk driving accident lawyer.
Insurance May Not Be Enough to Cover Your Losses
A drunk driver may have insurance, and in some cases, an insurance policy may cover some or all of the losses incurred because of the driver’s intoxication. However, in other cases, insurance will not provide coverage if a driver was intoxicated.
In the case that a drunk driver’s insurance company offers you a settlement, it is often wise not to accept the offer immediately. Instead, you might want to get in touch with a Birmingham drunk driving accident lawyer who is experienced in handling DUI injury and wrongful death claims. They can advise you on your legal options and how accepting an insurance settlement could affect your ability to pursue compensation through other means, such as a lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a Drunk Driving Accident lawyer serving Birmingham, call 800-537-8185
Call a Lawyer to Find Out More About Your Eligibility for Compensation
There are few cases of negligence more straightforward than a DUI accident resulting in injuries or death. In Alabama, a driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeds the legal limit established in § 32-5A-191 has acted negligently by driving their vehicle and could be charged with criminally negligent homicide if someone dies in the accident, according to § 13A-6-4(c). Because of such apparent negligence, you may have a strong case for financial awards if that driver’s actions negatively impacted you.
You do not necessarily have to wait for criminal proceedings against the driver who caused your accident to finish. You can call our team at the Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158 to discuss your case.
The Duties of a Lawyer in a DUI Negligence Case
Among the duties of a Birmingham drunk driving accident lawyer who handles your case will be:
- Listening to and recording your account of the accident.
- Collecting all available evidence of your accident, which may include police reports, breathalyzer results, blood tests of the defendant, video recordings of the accident or the defendant’s past behavior, pictures of the crash, and any other relevant evidence.
- Obtaining documentation of your injuries.
- Interviewing eyewitnesses to the defendant’s drinking before they began to drive, their dangerous behavior while on the road, and the accident itself.
- Obtaining testimony from anyone who can attest to the defendant’s history of dangerous drinking behavior (if they have one).
- Filing your case in court.
- Exploring all settlement options that may be available to you.
- Overseeing your legal needs from the beginning of your case through its completion.
- Defending your rights.
You may be recovering from serious injuries or coping with the loss of a loved one. Our team can allow you to focus completely on recovery or mourning while we handle every facet of your pursuit of compensation.
Victims of DUI Negligence May Collect Compensation
Drunk driving is an issue that society at large—and many jurors—have a high intolerance for. According to the CDC, approximately 29 people die each day in the United States because of drunk drivers, and the black-and-white nature of a DUI accident means that you may be able to collect awards because of your lawsuit.
Every case is different, but possible awards resulting from a lawsuit may include compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses related to the DUI accident.
- Wages or salary that you have forfeited because of the accident and your subsequent period of recovery.
- Pain and suffering caused to you by the accident.
- Any other losses you have incurred because of the accident.
Again, it is important to know that even if you were found to have caused the accident, a drunk driver might ultimately be found responsible for your damages.
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We have litigated DUI negligence cases before, and we can handle your case. Call the Morris Bart law office today at (205) 380-4158 for a free consultation with a member of our team. There may be a statute of limitations relevant to your case that impacts your window to bring a lawsuit.
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