Driving under the influence, or DUI, is a serious problem in America. Not only is DUI illegal, but it can also result in serious injuries or death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact the Law Offices of Todd R. Durham. You may be entitled to compensation from the drunk driver who injured you.
The following are some frightening statistics about drunk driving and accidents in America.
Drunk Driving is Too Common
Over 1.4 million people each year are arrested for DUI, and this number represents only those who get caught. In addition, about 50% of people who die in auto accidents and have drugs in their system at the time of death also have alcohol in their system.
The majority of people who are injured or die in car crashes, however, are innocent bystanders who were completely sober. Those who survive a car accident injury may be seriously hurt or permanently disabled.
When DUIs Occur
Police often set up checkpoints during holidays or other times when people are likely to drink and get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents can happen at any time; police cannot be everywhere or stop all drunk drivers before they cause a problem.
Your Options If You are Injured
If you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you have both criminal and civil recourse. The police will usually arrest a drunk driver at the scene of an accident, and he or she may be charged with a more serious crime because of your injuries. You may also want to sue for compensation. You may be able to recover your medical expenses and lost wages, and in some cases you may also be entitled to additional compensation.
You’ll need to contact an attorney who is experienced in drunk driving injury cases in order to get the compensation you deserve. If you are looking for a Lewisville accident attorney, please call Todd R. Durham at 214-222-4000.