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Philadelphia, like many other cities in the United States, has experienced a significant increase in its drinking and driving numbers, causing the state to modify its laws. Specifically, the introduction of Act 24 created a new system for assessing instances of driving under the influence (DUI), but also included treatment as part of the penalty.
However, this does not address the issues that the victims of drunk drivers have to deal with when there are accidents. Whether you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or a victim in a car accident, you may need a Philadelphia DUI accident lawyer from the Pearce Law Firm, PC to help you manage the aftermath of your accident.
The Pearce Law Firm can help you with your DUI Accident case. We have the expertise and skills necessary to fight on your behalf.
DUI Car Accident Injuries
It is typical for the sober people involved in a DUI accident to sustain more injuries than the individual who was driving while drunk.
This is because a sober person’s reactions are faster and his or her body is not as relaxed as that of someone who is driving under the influence.
Because of this, the sober victim may try to instinctively prevent injuries by doing things like bracing for impact against the dashboard or door. Doing so can actually cause injuries such as broken bones and spinal damage. As with all car accidents, there are no limits to the types of injuries that the victim in a drunk driving accident might sustain.
Cost of DUI Accidents and Compensation
The costs of a DUI accident often add up to a significant financial burden. Because the first thing you should do after speaking with the police is to pay a visit to a medical professional, medical expenses will begin accumulating right from the beginning. Medical costs can be ongoing, depending on the extent and seriousness of the injuries you have sustained. And then there is the cost of the car repairs, towing, and potential replacement of your vehicle if the damage was serious enough.
Even after your initial medical evaluation, there will most likely need to be further appointments in the future simply because of delayed injuries and their treatment. Other types of damages that you could receive compensation for include the following:
- Short-term, long-term, or permanent disability
- Lost wages and income due to an inability to work
- Pain and suffering
- Therapy for emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Past medical bills and medical bills that are reasonably expected to be incurred in the future
- Permanent disfigurment
- Loss of a normal life
- Funeral and burial expenses in the event of a wrongful death
The Civil Burden of Proof
A civil lawsuit can be filed at the same time that a person is being prosecuted in the criminal courts for drunk driving. Victims need not wait for a guilty plea or verdict. That’s because there’s a different burden of proof in a civil lawsuit. In a criminal case, the prosecution must prove the person guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil lawsuit, there’s a lower burden of proof. That’s by a preponderance of the evidence. A preponderance of the evidence means that the injured person’s version of events is merely more likely true than not true.
Proof of Negligence
The illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any combination of the two might be known as negligence per se. The injured person need only prove that:
- There was a statute that was enacted to protect a certain class of people
- The injured person was one of those people
- The statute was intended to protect the injured person against the specific harm addressed by it
DUI Crashes & Case Examples in Philadelphia
Unfortunately, instead of just taking an Uber home, some people still choose to allegedly drive while under the influence. Some recent crashes involving DUI charges in Philly include people from all walks of life.
- A suspected DUI driver recently hit 27 parked vehicles.
- A Newark woman was charged with a marijuana DUI near Bethlehem.
- A Philadelphia Police Officer was charged with allegedly driving drunk on August 2, 2017.
- A court crier for a Philadelphia Traffic Court judge was charged with vehicular homicide for a fatal DUI.
Experienced Legal Representation in DUI Accidents
It is important to have qualified legal representation after an accident with a drunk driver. The individual with the DUI is most likely going to fight the charge in order to avoid the fines and penalties that come with it. Should he or she successfully overturn the DUI charge, it could have an impact on your case and the results you end up with. This is where an experienced Philadelphia DUI accident lawyer can help.
If you or someone you know has been in a car accident involving a DUI, make sure you have the experienced attorneys at the Pearce Law Firm, PC to help you through the legal process so that you can receive the compensation you are owed. Please call our office at 215-557-8686 to schedule a free case evaluation. Alternatively, complete the form below to have someone from our office contact you.
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