Philadelphia DUI Lawyers
Let Our Attorneys in Pennsylvania & New Jersey Stand up for Your Rights
The dangers associated with 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 (NHTSA) indicate that 4/10 of all car accidents in the United States are a result of driving under the influence. In 2004 alone, over 17,000 Americans lost their lives in drunk driving accidents. Driving under the influence is a criminal offense in most states.
Philadelphia and the surrounding New Jersey area boasts of a number of prominent law firms with excellent attorneys, but not all are proven litigators. Whether you’re facing DUI charges and are in need of trusted legal representation or you are a victim of a drunk driving accident, our DUI lawyers in Philadelphia can ensure justice is achieved.
One of the many cases our firm has handled resulted in a $985,000 settlement for a woman who was seriously injured by a drunk driver. The national chain was sued for serving a visibly intoxicated patron.
Let our experienced legal team stand up for your rights. Call (215) 392-6616 for a free consultation.
Liabilities & Legal Rights for Victims in a DUI Accident
There are many liabilities and penalties associated with DUI cases. If you have been accused of drunk driving, you may be facing jail time, heavy fines, vehicle impoundment, forfeiture, and other serious consequences. However, it is important to note that you have the right to an attorney, even if you may be guilty of driving drunk. Regardless of your role in the incident, it’s important to seek legal counsel immediately.
After being involved in an accident, it is critical that you:
- Call the police and report the accident immediately
- Are examined by a physician and compile a report for all the injuries suffered
These reports can help our Philadelphia drunk driver accident lawyers build a victim’s case once it is filed in court. It is vital that every person involved in a DUI-related accident fully understands his or her rights. Having knowledge of your rights will allow you to protect yourself from “ambulance chasers” and other uncanny attorneys whose aim is to take advantage of ignorant citizens.
Potential Damages & Compensation for Your Injuries
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 is out of work for example. For non-pecuniary damages, courts have the discretion to award whatever sum it deems fit and just.
There are two types of damage categories incurred by a victim, which include:
- Pecuniary: Damages that can be quantified, such as medical expenses
- Nonpecuniary: Damages that cannot be quantified, such as pain and suffering
Ginsburg & Associates has extensive experience with these complex cases. We are well-versed in the relevant state laws, national standards, and required training programs. Our DUI attorneys will get to the root of the issue quickly and help you fight for your rights.
The Federal Department of Transportation 2005 statistics showed that alcohol was a contributor in 7% of all U.S. crashes, but contributed to 39% of all fatal crashes. Unfortunately, studies continue to show that most drunk drivers involved in crashes have a history of DUIs.
The term “dram” is the American spelling for the English word drachm. A drachm refers to a spoonful of gin as sold in English taverns in the 1700s. Dram shop cases can occur from negligence at bars, clubs, private organizations, social gatherings at a home, or wherever liquor is served.
Dram Shop Liability Laws hold businesses or individuals who serve alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person legally responsible for damages in civil courts. The damages must be shown to be the result, in whole or in part, due to the impairment, and may include death, injury, or other damages. The Dram Shop laws have been helpful in preventing deaths and injuries by changing the environment where alcohol is sold. Dram shop violation is a serious matter and provides an incentive to establish responsible policies for serving patrons and call further attention to the dangers of drinking and driving.
Ginsburg & Associates attorneys are experienced litigators for drunk driving accident related cases and will help you seek compensation for all potential damages.
Baby in Delay of C Section $15,000,000
Police Negligence $3,200,000
Bus Accident $3,105,000
Pedestrian Injury $2,625,000
Medical Malpractice $2,000,000
Premises Liability $1,890,000
Civil Rights Violation $1,200,000
Motor Vehicle Accident $998,228
DUI Motor Vehicle Accident $985,000
Burn Injury $770,000 + Waiver of $1M WC Lien Settlement
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