The Spitzer Law Offices helps the injured throughout Ohio & Texas to recover the compensation they deserve.
All drivers are expected to operate their vehicles safely. Unfortunately, we continue to see drivers putting innocent lives in danger by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.
If a drunk driver caused an accident that left you or a loved one injured, you do not have to face the aftermath alone. Spitzer Law Offices is here to help you manage the physical, financial, and emotional implications of the accident. With our Ohio drunk driving accident attorneys on your side, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for the injuries you sustained.
Call (740) 675-6858 or contact us online to request a free initial consultation.
Damages in Drunk Driving Injury Cases
Drinking and driving is a criminal offense. Anyone caught driving while impaired could face repercussions through the criminal justice system including jail time, fines, and more, depending on their history and the circumstances of the accident.
Additionally, civil law allows the injured victims of a drunk driver’s negligence to pursue compensatory damages. This compensation is intended to cover the injured person’s medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and physical impairment. In certain situations, the negligent driver might also be ordered to pay punitive damages – essentially, a fine for their misconduct.
Common Injuries in Drunk Driving Accidents
The effects of alcohol make it difficult or even impossible for drunk drivers to properly control their vehicles.
Accidents often occur when inebriated drivers:
- Veer off the road
- Drive on the wrong side of the road
- Text and drive
- Fall asleep at the wheel
- Cannot see properly
- Change lanes without checking mirrors
These actions are clear examples of negligence and there is no excuse for getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Liability in drunk driving cases is thus pretty clear. By drinking and driving, drivers put themselves and others at risk of serious, life-changing injuries. Even so, these cases can be complex because they involve a both criminal and civil penalties.
Speak with our attorneys as soon as you are able – the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work building a strong case on your behalf. Like other car accident claims in Ohio, the statute of limitations is two years, meaning you may be barred from bringing suit against a negligent party after that time period has passed.
Seeking compensation is an important step in healing, as medical care, rehabilitation, assistive devices, and other medical interventions can be expensive, especially when you must take time off from work to recover or when you are unable to return to work in the same capacity as you once did.
Injuries commonly sustained in drunk driving accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spine injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
If you lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim and seek compensation for your lost loved one’s medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost companionship.
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