The number one leading cause of fatal traffic accidents is impaired driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This refers to drivers under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both. Due to the impaired judgment, reaction time, motor skills and decision-making, these accidents are usually serious and often fatal.
NHTSA research also predicts that approximately 30% of Americans will be involved in a DUI-related crash at some point in their lives. It is a shame that so many people will be injured by the thoughtless and irresponsible actions of another. DUI lawsuits are essential to obtaining compensation for deserving victims, but they are also a good reminder to those who have and havenâ€™t received DUIs of the punishment that exists for driving under the influence.
Negligence of Impaired Drivers
The decision to drive while impaired is one of gross negligence. Victims who are injured or killed by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol are owed compensation for medical bills, loss of income if injury sustained prevents them from working, and pain and suffering. Some injuries are so severe they lead to long-term disability and an inability to return to work.
Many times the injury is so severe that the impaired driver’s insurance is not sufficient to cover the loss. Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC is experienced in finding other sources of recovery including vicarious liability of employers, underinsured motorist coverage and dram shop liability. If the impaired driver was acting on behalf of any person or his employer at the time of the collision, such as talking on a cell phone on a business related call or traveling on a trip for another person, the employer can be held liable for the driver’s conduct. Underinsured motorist coverage is a policy of insurance purchased by the victim or someone in his household to protect against underinsured drivers. Dram shop liability references a claim against a bar, restaurant, homeowner or establishment who serves a highly intoxicated individual knowing that the person may drive.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Buck Rogers, a partner at Fried Rogers Goldberg, is on the Board for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and participates in all aspects of this community organization. MADD is dedicated to keeping impaired drivers off of the road. Buck has been involved in a number of community projects with MADD. We believe it is important to give back to the community and actually practice what we preach about holding impaired drivers responsible for their careless conduct.
Expert Legal Counsel is Vital
Although negligence on the part of an impaired driver seems obvious, cases are often lost because victims do not seek legal assistance. Evidence and eyewitness accounts must be collected in a timely manner, and often victims are still recovering from injuries or loss when research can be collected to form a case. While you recuperate or grieve, let the attorneys at Fried Rogers Goldberg assist you so that justice is served against the person who hurt you or your loved one.
Contact a DUI Lawyer Today
If you or someone you love has been injured or if you have lost someone to a driver who was operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you deserve compensation. Contact Fried Rogers Goldberg todayÂ for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options.