Injured by a Drunk Driver?
Philadelphia Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys Can Fight for Your Rights
Drunk driving accidents are not accidents. Rather, they are completely preventable events that result from someone’s negligent or even reckless decision to drive while intoxicated. Intoxication lowers an individual’s ability to reason, negatively affects coordination and slows reaction time. All of these effects seriously increase the chances that a drunk driver will cause a car accident. Since intoxication affects reaction times, drink driving accidents are often catastrophic, since the driver may not brake or try to minimize the force of the impact. Due to these dangers, drunk driving is illegal in all 50 states. Still, even if the drunk driver who caused your accident or loved one’s wrongful death was arrested and convicted, you must still file a civil claim to hold the driver accountable. Since these cases are usually complex, you should always consult with an experienced drunk driving accident lawyers before filing a claim.
The Philadelphia drunk driving accident attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. believe in protecting victims’ rights. With a team of professionals, we can investigate the details of your drunk driving accident to determine all liable parties. We can also work with economists, lifecare planners and other experts to determine the full extent of your injuries and their impact on your life. You should not have to pay the price for someone else’s dangerous and illegal actions; our attorneys can help you stand up for your rights after a drunk driving accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.
Can I File a Claim Against a Drunk Driver for My Losses?
Usually, drunk drivers who cause injury to someone else can be liable in both criminal and civil court. The criminal case addresses the illegal actions of the driver, and can result in possible fines and jail time. The civil case addresses injuries and damages that the driver caused to another party involved in the wreck, and provides compensation for the victim.
Thus, if you lose a loved one or are injured by someone who is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, then you should pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
In Pennsylvania, courts may also award punitive damages, which punish the at-fault party, rather than compensate the victim. As a result, your recovery could exceed your actual expenses. Punitive damages typically only apply in cases where the at-fault party’s conduct was exceedingly reckless or intentional. Since drunk driving is illegal, then the driver’s actions may rise to this level.
Our Philadelphia drunk driving accident attorneys carefully investigate the circumstances of your accident and the impact of your subsequent injuries. In your personal injury claim, we can fight to ensure you receive full compensation for life-changing injuries. If you lost a loved one in a fatal drunk driving crash, then we can advocate for you and your family in a wrongful death claim.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Drunk Driving Injuries?
Determining the cause of a drunk driving accident may seem simple, since the drunk driver was obviously negligent. However, depending on the circumstances, other parties may share the blame as well. After a drunk driving accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against:
- Impaired Drivers: Both drugs and alcohol can contribute to a DUI related injury. If you sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one due to an impaired driver’s actions, then his or her insurance policy should compensate you for your losses.
- Vendors: As a rule, bartenders and vendors have a responsibility to monitor when a customer orders a drink. Pennsylvania law restricts the sale of alcohol to someone younger than 21 years of age. Additionally, there are laws against selling to someone who is impaired or visibly intoxicated. If a vendor violates these laws, then you may be able to hold the business or owner accountable for your accident and injuries under Pennsylvania dram shop law.
- Party Hosts: “Social hosts” (people who are hosting a party or event that serves alcohol) have a legal responsibility to refrain from furnishing alcohol to minors. If the host knowingly allows a minor guest to drink and that guest later causes a drunk driving accident, then the host may be liable for the injuries and damages.
Injured? Call Our Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys for a Free Consultation
The accident attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. believe in protecting victims’ rights. Our record of success stems from our experience and compassion. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, our attorneys are here to help. Contact us today to speak with one of our Philadelphia drunk driving accident attorneys. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In a free initial consultation, we can review your situation and let you know how we can help.