Need an Injury Attorney for a DUI Accident in Massachusetts?
Between the years 2003-2012, 1,370 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Massachusetts. A survey was conducted in 2012 over a 30-day period and it was found that, on a national level, 1.9% of people reported driving after drinking too much. In Massachusetts, this was an astounding 2.2%. Sobriety checkpoints are permitted in the state of Massachusetts, but sometimes it is just not enough. The truth is, drunk driving is growing into a tremendous problem in the U.S., and people are losing their lives because of it. Have you been injured in one of these serious accidents and aren’t sure where to start when it comes to your claim?
Involvement of Police After Your Accident
After an accident involving serious injuries, you should always contact the police so that they can arrive at the scene and make a police report after inspecting the details of the case. At that point, the police may suspect that something is wrong and will ask 1 or more of the involved drivers if they have been drinking. Sometimes, there will be alcohol in plain view, or the driver’s eyes show signs of impairment.
Injuries and Liability
If you are a victim who was lucky enough to survive a serious drunk driving accident, you know that it can be a time-consuming uphill climb toward the recovery you deserve. Some people will never be able to return to work after they have sustained serious, permanent injuries, and others may spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills throughout their life. Some of the most common injuries that occur in drunk driving accidents every year include the following:
- Spinal injuries, which can lead to complete paralysis or nerve damage
- Leg and knee injuries from side-impact collisions
- Neck injuries when the neck is vulnerable in an accident, leading to whiplash or damaged larynx
- Chest injuries such as broken bones in the chest, which are common in high-speed crashes
- Brain injuries with lasting effects
If you have been seriously injured by another party who decided to get drunk behind the wheel, you may have a claim for compensation for these injuries. The best way to get the compensation you deserve is moving forward with a case with your attorney, who will be able to gather evidence in your case, such as proof that the driver was drunk, proof of your medical bills, and so much more.
Identifying Liable Parties
You may think that a drunk driving case is cut and dry in terms of liability; however, there could be multiple defendants to name in your case. For instance, let’s look at an example: A vendor decides to sell a minor alcohol without checking for I.D. The minor then decides to drive drunk and gets into an accident along the way. In this case, the vendor and the drunk driver could be held liable because the vendor decided to sell alcohol to an intoxicated minor and the minor decided to drive drunk even though they knew the laws of the road. Negligence falls onto the defendant’s breach of “duty of care” that was owed to the victim. This means that every party is expected to abide by the law in these cases.
Have you been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver and sustained serious injuries? You may have a claim for compensation. We want to speak to you today. Do not move forward with a claim without help from experienced legal representation. Act now to get the compensation you deserve in your time of need!