This is a very festive time of year, and some people may have a little too much to drink before getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. We have had clients who were seriously injured from accidents involving drunk drivers. Many of these accidents were severe, with injuries being catastrophic, and far too many of them have resulted in death. Drunk driving accounts for approximately one-third of all traffic related fatalities, so it’s a very big problem. Here in the south, many times alcoholic beverages are a big part of the culture, but we don’t have the transportation infrastructure in place to make alternatives to arriving to our destinations safely. Often times, we don’t put enough pressure on our family and friends not to drive while intoxicated.
One option is to avoid driving while intoxicated is to pick someone in your group that agrees not to drink any alcohol all night, and let them take you home. But if you can’t find a designated driver, call a cab, or download the Uber or Lyft apps on your phone to take advantage of either of these ridesharing services.
If you’ve been injured by a vehicle that was being driven by a driver who has been drinking, there are several steps you want to make sure you take. Of course, call the police immediately. The police will need to give the driver a breathalyzer test and officially raise DUI charges. Second, make sure to talk to a lawyer that handles auto accident cases involving DUI. Injury cases involving drunk drivers can be more complicated than other types of cases. Sometimes the bar where the driver was drinking can be held responsible for serving the individual if he or she is already visibly intoxicated. Often closed circuit video can be recovered, and additional money recovered for your injuries, pain and suffering, and more.
If you were involved in a drunk driving related accident or have further questions, call us at (251) 300-2000 or stop by our offices anytime. You never need an appointment, and we’re staffed with attorneys who can meet with you during your lunch break or anytime between 8 and 5pm. You can also find us online at greenephillips.com