Philadelphia Drunk Driving Accident Dangers
Philadelphia and State Emergency responders never get a rest from alcohol-related crashes. They lead to tragedy for victims and their families every year. In 2017 the city reported 17 tragic deaths in accidents involving drunk drivers. In 2018 that number jumped to 28 fatalities across Philadelphia and the sad number stayed the same for 2019.
Statewide, the numbers are astonishing. The Pennsylvania DOT reports the state saw 9,380 injuries related to alcohol use and another 299 deaths in 2019. That works out to an average of 26 drunk driving accidents a day as well as 16 injuries every 24 hours across the state.
Support for Injured Victims After a Philadelphia Accident
If you are the victim of one of these crashes caused by an impaired driver, you may be laying in a hospital bed wondering who can be held accountable for your injuries. How will you pay for each expensive day you are hospitalized, not to mention the rehabilitation to come? The at-fault driver will be facing criminal charges as well, and you may wonder how a criminal trial will affect your civil lawsuit when you try to secure compensation.
Having an experienced personal injury attorney who knows the dynamics of drunk driving cases will be your best weapon when you take the fight to the driver and his or her insurance company. An attorney who has first-hand knowledge of how insurance companies attempt to manipulate things to their advantage makes all the difference. We make sure every detail in the accident is properly addressed. We don’t let insurance companies try to settle with an unfair offer.
Severe Consequences of DUI Accidents
Getting the compensation necessary to get on with your life now and to cover any surgery or other flare-up of injuries in the future, it’s vital to get your care secured in your civil lawsuit. You may not get another chance.
It’s especially important because the damaging effects of a DUI crash can be severe when compared to other types of accidents.
These are a few of the ways a drunk driving accident can lead to even more devastating injuries with longer-lasting repercussions:
- Unpredictable At The Wheel – Defensive drivers can sometimes see accidents coming a mile away and take action to avoid collisions. But with a drunk driver, the signs may not be there. They can drive so randomly that another motorist may have no warning that a collision is coming until it’s too late.
- Harder Impacts – Sober drivers will usually slam the brakes when they see another car in their path. But drunk drivers may be clueless about an impending impact. They may not hit the brakes at all and no reduction of speed will mean an increased collision force.
- Less Awareness – Normal drivers can steer clear of a collision, sometimes even at the last second, but a drunk driver may not have the mental capacity to steer away from a crash. What may have been turning into a sideswipe accident might end up as a more dangerous head-on impact.
A Philadelphia Attorney on your Team
At a time when you need the most compassion and understanding, unfortunately, insurance companies and their lawyers will look to discredit your injuries and give you as little compensation as possible. They can send you lowball offers and stall your compensation until you get desperate enough to accept any amount.
At The Pearce Law Firm P.C., we believe you deserve the maximum compensation from your claim. We have the skill and experience to make sure you avoid insurance company tricks. Talk to us today. We have dealt in these types of cases for decades and we can make sure you and your family secure enough compensation to protect your lives now and in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I file a claim for damages against a DUI suspect involved in a criminal trial?
Your civil lawsuit can move forward no matter where the criminal proceedings stand. The suspect can be in the midst of a criminal trial over his or her DUI charges but your civil case can advance separately. Your claim will largely involve the at-fault driver’s insurance company and their response to your demands.
What kind of DUI accident damages can I get compensation for?
We make sure you receive compensation for all of your losses, including current and future medical bills, possible rehabilitation, lost income, lost opportunity, lost property, as well as physical and emotional pain and suffering.
How do I get the police report for my accident?
You can usually log onto the police department’s website to get the crash report filed by the investigating officer. You’ll need to have a report number, or you can also usually use the names of the drivers involved. The date of the crash, the officer’s badge number, and the street the accident took place on can all be helpful in locating the report. Some departments make you either visit their records department or call the department to have it faxed to you.