When someone drives drunk or impaired, the chances they will cause an accident and harm someone else increase dramatically. Despite nationwide awareness campaigns, increased patrols, and other efforts to curb the number of intoxicated drivers on the road, driving while intoxicated (DWI) accidents still occur regularly. If you were the victim of one of these accidents in Birmingham, you do not need to defend yourself alone. A Birmingham driving while intoxicated lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can review the facts of your accident case and may be able to help you hold the drunk driver accountable. Call (205) 380-4158 now for a free consultation. A member of our Birmingham legal team is standing by to discuss your DWI accident case.
Damages in a Driving While Intoxicated Accident
Intoxicated driving can cause serious injuries or even death. The intoxicated driver may face criminal charges, but victims can be left with major injuries or life-altering impairments. These could include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck or back injuries
- Internal injuries
- Burns, scarring, and disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Amputation or loss of use of a limb
If you sustained any of these injuries, or other types of injuries and financial losses, you may be eligible to take legal action against the impaired driver who caused them. If your loved one passed away in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death case. A member of our Birmingham car accident legal team may be able to build a personal injury or wrongful death case on your behalf. Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158 to learn more.
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Alabama’s Driving While Intoxicated Laws
Alabama Code § 32-5A-191 prohibits adults from driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or above, or from using an impairing substance and then driving. When a person drives drunk or drugged, they could face criminal charges. This is especially true if they cause an accident. If an officer issued an intoxicated driving citation or made a drunk driving arrest at the scene of your accident, this could be useful evidence in your case.
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Pursuing a Driving While Intoxicated Accident Case
While the prosecutors in a criminal case must prove that the at-fault party drove drunk or intoxicated, the same is not true for your civil case. We do not even have to prove there was alcohol involved. We simply need to show that the driver acted negligently, and this negligence caused the accident. To prove driver negligence, we need to provide evidence to confirm four factors:
- The driver had a duty to do certain things or not do certain things, usually according to traffic laws.
- The driver failed to follow traffic laws or otherwise failed to uphold their duty.
- This failure directly led to your accident and injuries.
- You sustained physical injuries and financial losses.
We can secure evidence to support your case, represent you throughout the process, and pursue compensation. To learn more, reach out to Morris Bart & Associates, LLC today at (205) 380-4158.
Possible Compensation in a Driving While Intoxicated Case
When we investigate a Birmingham accident and begin to build a case against the at-fault driver, we will document as many of your accident-related expenses and losses as we can identify. We may request your relevant medical records, work with medical expert witnesses, and take other steps to secure this evidence. This could allow us to build a case that recovers:
- Current and future medical treatment and other accident-related care
- Current and future lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity if you cannot return to work
- Repair or replacement of your car
- Pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages
- Wrongful death damages if your family member passed away in the accident
Punitive damages may also be available in some drunk driving civil suits. These damages penalize the at-fault drivers for their grossly negligent behavior. To inquire about what specific damages may be recoverable in your case, call a Birmingham driving while intoxicated lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158.
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Your Time to Act is Limited in an Alabama Driving While Intoxicated Case
Under Alabama Code § 6-2-38, you generally have two years from the date of an accident to take action in civil court. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. If you do not take legal action within this timeframe, you may lose your right to compensation. Reach out to the Morris Bart law firm about your case as soon as possible after your injuries are stabilized. Our Birmingham driving while intoxicated lawyers can protect your rights and ensure you do not miss important deadlines in your case.
Talk to a Birmingham Legal Team Today
If you suffered injuries in a Birmingham car accident that occurred because of an intoxicated driver’s negligence, the Morris Bart law firm is here to help. For a free consultation with our legal team, call us at (205) 380-4158 today. Our firm handles Birmingham drunk driving accident cases on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning there are no up-front costs for your family. You only pay us if you receive a settlement or ruling in court.
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