Injured by a Drunk Driver
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you may be wondering how you can recover. Is the other driver automatically at-fault because they were under the influence? Should you just let the police handle everything? These are just some of the many questions you probably have. Here is some information on what to do if you have been seriously injured by a drunk driver.
Injured by a Drunk Driver | An Accident Can be Life-Changing
Thousands of people are arrested for drinking and driving in the Buffalo area every year. Nationwide, there were over 10,000 people killed in accidents involving drunk drivers in 2013, which averages out to more than one death per hour as a result of people choosing to drive while under the influence of alcohol.
While the number of fatalities caused by drinking and driving is staggering, thousands of more people suffer serious and life changing personal injury in drunk driving accidents. Drunk drivers who cause serious injury or wrongful death face criminal charges. A criminal conviction, however, does not compensate the injured person or their family for the harm caused by the drunk driver’s irresponsible behavior.
Injured by a Drunk Driver | Hire an Attorney
The Buffalo drunk driver accident attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer believe that drunk drivers who cause injury or death should be held accountable not only in criminal court, but also required to reimburse an injured person or, in the case of a death, a deceased person’s family for the damage they have caused. This includes payment of any uncompensated medical expenses and wages, along with compensation for the pain and suffering they have caused the injured person.
In cases where the drunk driver’s behavior is particularly dangerous, it may even be possible to recover additional damages, called punitive damages, which are not available in most other motor vehicle accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to a drunk driver, contact our experienced Buffalo drunk driver accident attorneys for dedicated representation. We will pursue full and fair compensation for the injuries you have sustained.