Every driver you share the road with has a responsibility to safely operate his vehicle. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report cites the effects of alcohol on driving abilities. Alcohol impedes a driver’s ability to:
- Gauge distances
- See clearly
- Distinguish colors
- React quickly
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident because the other involved driver was drunk, you can collect financial compensation with a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
A Pittsburgh drunk driving accident lawyer can help you identify the at-fault driver, prove his use or overuse of alcohol caused the accident, and collect the financial compensation you deserve.
When you are ready to seek financial compensation for your injuries and related expenses, speak to a team member at Ben Crump Law, PLLC by calling (800) 598-7557 today.
Pennsylvania Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
When a driver is impaired by the use or overuse of alcohol, he poses a life-threatening danger to other drivers he shares the road with. According to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) research from 2019, alcohol-related accidents led to the following statistics:
- 28% – Total alcohol-related car accidents that resulted in fatalities
- 299 – Number of people who lost their lives in alcohol-related accidents
- 26 – Average number of alcohol-related accidents per day
- 16 – Average number of people injured in alcohol-related accidents each day
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving car accident, the at-fault driver can be held responsible for compensating you for your injuries and other related expenses.
With guidance and direction from a Pittsburgh drunk driving accident lawyer, you can prove the at-fault driver owed you a duty of care, neglected his duty, and caused your injuries. After establishing these required legal elements of the accident, your lawyer can pursue the at-fault driver for financial compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving lawyer serving Pittsburgh, call (800) 598-7557
Obtain Your Crash Report As Soon As Possible
When you are involved in a car accident in Pittsburgh, 75 Pa. CSA § 3746 requires you to file a crash report if any of the following factors apply:
- Anyone in either vehicle was injured
- Anyone in either vehicle was fatally injured
- Either vehicle was rendered inoperable
When our team represents you in your pursuit of financial compensation after a drunk driving accident, we use your crash report to obtain contact information for the at-fault driver, his insurance company, and any witnesses to the accident. Additional information we glean from your crash report includes:
- Notes and diagrams from the investigating officer
- Vehicle identification and license plate numbers
- Date, time, and location details
- Road and weather conditions
Your crash report will also indicate points of impact, speed limits, and vehicle speeds. Obtain one copy for your personal records and share a copy with our team. The date on your crash report can also help ensure your personal injury lawsuit is filed on time.
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Do Not Hesitate to File a Lawsuit or Insurance Claim
In Pittsburgh, the time you have to pursue financial compensation from an at-fault drunk driver is generally limited to two years, according to 42 Pa. CSA § 5524. The two-year time limitation starts on the day the accident occurs. Complying with the time limit is an important part of ensuring the viability of your compensation claim. If you do not comply with the statute of limitations:
- You will not be allowed to file your lawsuit
- The at-fault driver will not have to compensate you
- The financial burden of the accident becomes your responsibility
When you are injured in a drunk driving accident, a Pittsburgh drunk driving accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can advocate for you and fight for the full financial compensation you are entitled to. We will assign an accurate financial value to your compensation claim and help ensure it is filed on time. Call our law office today for more information.
Financial Recovery After a Drunk Driving Accident
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, alcohol-related car accidents cost more than $44 billion annually. When you are involved in a drunk driving accident, the costs you can recover may include:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability and deformities
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Wrongful death
A Pittsburgh drunk driving accident lawyer can help you calculate the costs of your injuries and their related expenses. We can also help you assign an overall financial value to your compensation claim and negotiate a favorable financial settlement.
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Putting Our Team to Work for You
Our goal is to ensure you do not incur a financial burden on top of the other injuries you suffer in an accident another driver caused. Our team can:
- Read and review your crash report
- Obtain and complete insurance forms
- Read and review your medical records
- Locate and interview accident witnesses
- Regularly update you on your claim’s status
When our team represents you in your personal injury claim, we put all our resources to work for you. We also work on a contingency fee basis which means you do not pay any out of pocket expenses to get your claim started. We take our fee only after we negotiate a financial settlement for you.
Get Your Entitled Compensation
If you or a member of your family has been injured in a drunk driving car accident, you may be entitled to financial recovery. By filing a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit, you can recover the cost of medical care for your injuries and for other your injury-related expenses.
A Pittsburgh drunk driving accident lawyer can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve. We do not shy away from tough cases. Contact the legal team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC by calling (800) 598-7557 today.