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Car Accidents Involving Drunk Drivers

Although it’s common knowledge that alcohol impairs the ability to operate a motor vehicle, accidents involving drunk drivers still occur at an alarming rate on America’s roads. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries because of the reckless conduct of a drunk driver, our dedicated Allentown car accident attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Drunk driving poses a serious risk to everybody in the immediate vicinity of the impaired driver. To learn more about how our experienced car accident attorneys can help you build an effective case, please call Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller at 215-569-0900 today to schedule your initial consultation at our office in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The Risks of Drinking and Driving

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to operate a car or other vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. If a driver got behind the wheel with a .08% BAC, his or her driving ability would be compromised in the following ways:

  • Depressed reaction time
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Decreased accuracy and focus of vision
  • Diminished reasoning, judgment and self-control

Cumulatively, these impairments negatively affect a driver’s ability to transport themselves and their passengers safely while simultaneously endangering drivers and passengers in other cars, as well as pedestrians.

Holding Drunk Drivers Responsible

If you or a loved one suffered serious personal injury in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, our attorneys will investigate thoroughly and build a strong claim on your behalf. We will gather evidence such as police reports, accident scene photos and medical records documenting your injuries, as well as examine whether or not over-serving contributed to the driver’s intoxication.

Under Pennsylvania law, establishments like bars, restaurants and liquor stores that serve a visibly intoxicated patron can become liable for damages that impaired customer causes to a third party. If a business served alcohol irresponsibly, our car accident attorneys can help you initiate legal action against both the drunk driver and the holder of the liquor license.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might be able to pursue compensation for:

  • Cost of medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation or care
  • Lost wages from missing work
  • Diminished earning ability, if your injuries affect your ability to work
  • Pain and suffering

Because driving under the influence displays obvious carelessness on the part of the driver, you might be eligible for punitive damages, which compensate victims while punishing a defendant’s reckless conduct. If a loved one tragically died in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, our attorneys can also pursue a wrongful death case on your family’s behalf.

If you’ve been injured because a driver chose to get behind the wheel drunk, please contact Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller or call 215-569-0900 today to schedule a free review of your case. Our car accident attorneys are proud to serve clients in or around Allentown, Pennsylvania.