Drunk Driving Crashes
Were You Seriously Injured In A Car Crash?
According to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), about one in three motor vehicle-related deaths were caused by drunk drivers in 2015 or 10,265 people. In 2019, there were 24,666 DUI-alcohol-related crashes which resulted in 900 fatalities, accounting for 25 percent of all the state’s crash fatalities.
The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers may be 0.08, or 0.04 for truck drivers, but any level of impairment increases the chances of a mistake that can lead to a deadly crash. If the accident you were injured by was caused by an impaired driver, you have the right to take legal action to fight for the compensation you need to cover any damages or medical bills you may have incurred.
If you were seriously injured by a drunk driver, you deserve the chance to fight for your rights through the legal system. At Fleming, Nolen & Jez, our car accident lawyers have helped tens of thousands of clients secure the compensation they need to move on with their lives after a crash. With more than 170 years of collective experience, our team understands the steps you need to take to secure the compensation you need. Reach out to us today to learn more about what we can do for you.
What To Do After An Accident
Car crashes are incredibly stressful events, but the most important thing you can do in this situation is to keep calm. This will help you take stock of your situation, take the time to check yourself and anyone else in your vehicle for injuries, and follow the steps you need to ensure that you have information that will help you take legal action later.
- Check Yourself For Injuries: The first thing you need to do, regardless of the situation, is to check yourself for injury. Even if your mind immediately turns to your passenger’s safety, the same rule that flight attendants hammer home on airplanes applies here – your safety needs to be your priority. Once you’ve checked to make sure that you are in a state to help others, then you can turn your thoughts to other people. No matter how you feel though, you need to get medical attention. At the very least, you will have an up to date medical record that can be invaluable in court.
- Call the Police: The next thing you need to do is call 911 and get officials on the scene as soon as possible. Once they’ve arrived, answer any and all questions they ask to help them fill out their police report, which will also be incredibly important if you need to take your case to court.
- Collect Any Other Drivers’ Information: While the police will collect this information for their report, it will also help you to have their driver’s license, contact, ownership, and insurance information in case you need it in the future.
Do You Have a Potential Case or Question?
At Fleming, Nolen & Jez, our personal injury and mass tort lawyers have dedicated their careers to fighting for the rights of injured victims throughout the United States. If you were seriously injured through the negligence or wrongdoing of a company or another person, you may be able to file a lawsuit to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to speak with one of our specialists to review your case information.