Pennsylvania is a beautiful place to live and drive, and thousands of people use the roads every day for commuting, enjoying scenic routes, and getting to and fro. While the majority of these car trips go without incident, some may unfortunately become the victims of drunk drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012, fatal motor vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired (BAC .08+) drivers accounted for nearly 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths. The same percentage held true in Pennsylvania, where there were 408 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.
If you have suffered harm in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, the accident lawyers in Bucks County at Cordisco & Saile LLC help pursue a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation for your:
- financial losses.
- mental anguish.
- and, wrongful death claims (family members).
Types of Damages Recoverable
Pursuing a lawsuit against a drunk driver takes place in civil court, rather than criminal court. When pursing a personal injury case in civil court, proving the negligence—or the failure to act responsibly or take proper care—of the other driver is essential to winning your case and getting the compensation that you deserve.
In the case of a drunk driver, intoxication in itself is usually a key to proving negligence, though you must also demonstrate that the drunk driver caused the accident. If the impaired driver was following the rules of the road and you ran a red light and hit him, then the impaired driver may not be liable for your injuries.
While every case is different, if the impaired driver is liable, damages you may be able to recover include:
- pain and suffering;
- medical bills;
- property damage, such as your car and perhaps laptop that was also damaged; and
- lost wages and future lost wages.
In the case that a loved one has died because of a car accident caused by a drunk driver, a lawyer in Bucks County, PA can help you pursue wrongful death damages such as loss of consortium and funeral expenses.
Understanding Responsibllity: Dram Shop Liability
Pennsylvania has a law that places liability on a bar, restaurant, or liquor store in certain cases. This law is known as the Dram Shop Law, and holds any person or business that provides alcohol to a clearly intoxicated person liable for damages that the intoxicated person causes.
As such, if you’ve been involved in an accident caused by the drunk driver, the establishment that served the alcohol to the driver may be liable for your injuries. An attorney can help provide you with more information about liability and whether the “Dram Shop Law” applies to your case.
Get Help from the Drunk Driver Accident Lawyers in Bucks County
If you were injured in an accident related to drunk driving, the legal team at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you pursue fair compensation for your damages, but you should act now. According to Pennsylvania Law statute 5524, a person only has two years from the date of accident to pursue a personal injury case. Our attorneys know how important your case is, and are ready to work to get you the compensation that you deserve.
For guidance through the process of filing your claim, information about who may be liable for your injuries, and further understanding of the types of damages you may be able to recover, call us today at 215-642-2335 to get started.