Accidents Involving Drunk Drivers
Philadelphia and Allentown, Pennsylvania and New Jersey
It is common knowledge that alcohol impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle, and yet accidents involving drunk drivers still occur at an alarming rate on America’s roadways. Alcohol depresses your reaction times, diminishes driver concentration, and affects the accuracy of your eye’s focus. Nonetheless, millions of Americans get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol – often causing catastrophic motor vehicle accidents that result in serious injury and even death.
The Risks of Drinking and Driving
In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% is considered legally drunk. For the average sized person, a .08 BAC may take two or more drinks to reach. However, several studies conducted by the US Department of Transportation have found that a BAC of .01 can still have a significant impact on your ability to drive. This means that a driver who has consumed as little as ½ of a drink still poses a heightened threat to everyone else on the road.
Holding Drunk Drivers Responsible
Drunk drivers who are at fault for an accident may face criminal charges, including:
- Jail time
- License suspension
Unfortunately, these penalties do not take into account the injuries that victims of drunk driving have suffered because of a driver’s negligence. The damages you face when you are injured by a drunk driver can have lifelong consequences. Many people involved in these accidents suffer catastrophic injury, and over 50,000 people are killed by drunk drivers every year.
When you are injured, or when your loved one is killed by a drunk driver, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side. Only an attorney can make sure you are fully compensated for your losses and provided with the support you need to recover.
The car accident attorneys in Pennsylvania at Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller represent DUI victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey including Allentown and Philadelphia. If your accident has made traveling difficult, we can visit you in your home or in the hospital to discuss the details of your claim.
Please contact our experienced Philadelphia DUI victim attorneys today to schedule your free initial consultation. Our law firm has offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Allentown, and New Jersey.
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