Have You Been Injured By A Drunk Driver?

Injuries & Losses From DUI or Drug Related Accidents

Drunk driving, drinking and driving or DUI driving is the act of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol to the degree where mental and motor skills are impaired.The dangers of drunk driving are well documented and can lead to devastating consequences. These include loss of employment, large hospital bills and even death in some cases. Drunk driving statistics from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHYSA) indicate that 4/10 of all car accidents in the United States are as a result of driving under the influence. In 2004 alone, over 17000 Americans lost their lives in drunk driving accidents. In spite of all the numerous accidents reported, the law makes it illegal to drive under the influence. This is a criminal offense in most states in the United States.

Philadelphia and the surrounding New Jersey area boasts of a number of prominent law firms with excellent attorneys, however not all are proven litigators. At Ginsburg law, a client in need of representation in drunk driving suit or a victim of DUI driving would be assisted by trained DUI accident lawyers who would ensure that justice is achieved.

Ginsburg & Associates Case Example;

DUI Accident Settlement = $985,000
Woman seriously injured by a drunk driver. National chain sued for serving visibly intoxicated patron.

Liabilities and Legal Rights For Victims In A DUI Accident

Liabilities and penalties associated with the offense of DUI driving are several. For a person who was caught drunk driving, he could end up in jail or pay heavy fines. In some states, a drunk driver faces the penalty of having his or her driving license revoked for some time or even undergoes a probationary period.  Other penalties include vehicle impoundment and forfeiture. However, it is important to note that every person has a right to an attorney, both the drunk driver and the victim. A victim of a drunken driving accident, on the other hand, has to ensure that he or she performs several tasks immediately after the accident.

Liabilities and Legal Rights For Victims In A DUI Accident

Liabilities and penalties associated with the offence of DUI driving are several. For a person who was caught drunk driving, he could end up in jail or pay heavy fines. In some states, a drunk driver faces the penalty of having his or her driving license revoked for some time or even undergoes a probationary period.  Other penalties include vehicle impoundment and forfeiture. However, it is important to note that every person has a right to an attorney, both the drunk driver and the victim. A victim of a drunken driving accident on the other hand has to ensure that he or she performs several tasks immediately after the accident.

What To Do When Involved In An Accident?

  1. Call the police and report the accident immediately.
  2. Get examined by a physician  and compile a report for all the injuries suffered.

These reports are both very important as they will help build a victim’s case once it is filed in court. It is vital that every person involved in a DUI accident learns about his or her rights. This requirement must be observed at all times since it will allow a victim or drunk driver to protect himself from “ambulance chasers” and other uncanny attorneys whose aim is to take advantage of ignorant citizens.

Choosing the right attorney is the only way to ensure that a client or victim protects himself. The right DUI accident lawyers will just want a client needs to pay medical expenses, replace damaged property and recover lost wages as a result of the accident. However, all these will always depend on how strong his case stands. A lawyer would grant a victim protection against insurance companies seeking to evade their responsibilities for example. He will advise the client to make a claim against the drunk driver’s insurance policy as soon as possible and help draft a claim that is guaranteed success in court.

Potential Damages and Compensation For Your Injuries

There are two types of damage categories incurred by a victim;

    • Pecuniary – those that can be quantified, for example medical expenses
    • Nonpecuniary – those that cannot be quantified, for example pain and suffering

The court usually assesses the damages suffered by a victim to determine the category in which they belong. Pecuniary damages are awarded for medical expenses and loss of income for the time a victim as out of work for example. For Non pecuniary damages, courts have the discretion to award whatever sum it deems fit and just. Ginsburg & Associates attorneys are experienced litigators for drunk driving accident related cases and will seek compensation for all potential damages.

If you or a loved one has incurred damages from an alcohol-related accident or event, please call us for a free evaluation of your case. Call 215-564-4400 or you can email us at info@ginsburg-law.com. If you have a potential drunk driving case for us to look at now, complete our Case Information Form.

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