Most of us know that drunk driving can have devastating consequences. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drunk drivers cause about one-third of all motor vehicle accident fatalities in the U.S.
Still, despite the risk to themselves and others, drunk drivers continue to get behind the wheel. The CDC has also reported that 4.2 million adults admitted to driving while impaired by alcohol at least one time in the preceding 30 days, and a significant portion of those individuals — 23 percent — said they had driven drunk at least twice during the same period.
Of course, not all DUI accidents result in death. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, by way of The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reports that 290,000 people were injured in DUI accidents in 2013. These injuries regularly result in heavy medical expenses, lost time from work, reduced earning ability and the need for long-term care — not to mention the pain and suffering of victims.
At Bianco & Mansfield, P.A., we represent individuals and families whose lives have been affected by the negligence of drunk drivers. In many cases, proving that a drunk driver caused an accident is relatively straightforward, especially if there is a criminal case alongside the civil case. However, insurance companies — the victim’s and the drunk driver’s — will try to minimize compensation for the costs of the injury.
In order for a DUI accident victim to receive the maximum amount of compensation available — compensation that covers all of the short- and long-term losses — it is crucial to thoroughly investigate the case and build a strong claim for damages.
To learn more, please see Bianco & Mansfield’s overview of legal issues to consider after a Florida DUI accident.