Each year millions of drivers get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one person every 50 minutes dies as a result of a drunk driving crash. Drunk drivers risk their lives and the lives of others when they choose to operate a vehicle under the influence, and they must be held accountable for their negligence. If you or your loved one has been injured as a result of alcohol or drug-related accident in Oklahoma, an attorney from The Tawwater Law Firm can fight for justice on your behalf. Schedule a free consultation with a drunk driving accident attorney to review your legal options.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can severely impair cognitive and motor function. Yet millions still choose to drive with alcohol or drugs in their system. The facts surrounding these types of accidents are alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
The NHTSA reports that in 2016, the percentage of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 26 percent of total traffic fatalities in Oklahoma.
Injuries caused by a drunk driving accident can range from minor to severe. Victims may experience bruises and lacerations, as well as broken bones. Serious injuries include:
Injuries of this nature often require ongoing medical care, including hospital stays, rehabilitation, and even modifications to your home. They can also inhibit the your ability to work, which can place a serious financial strain on your family. In order to accurately determine the full extent of your losses, you need a personal injury lawyer who can help you catalog how your injuries impact your quality of life.
The state of Oklahoma has a higher incidence of deaths from drunk driving accidents than the national average.
We prioritize your health and safety, and we can ensure you receive the care you need to recover from your injuries. While you focus on your health, we can work to build a strong case on your behalf. Our attorneys can review the police report detailing the incident, interview eyewitnesses, and gather all relevant evidence including photos and videos. In addition to pursuing the negligent driver, we can hold the establishment that served the driver accountable. Dram shop laws enable us to secure maximum compensation for our clients and discourage others from serving those who are already impaired.
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for:
In the event that your loved one was killed in an accident, you can also file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. Compensation resulting from a wrongful death suit can cover funeral expenses and loss of consortium.
Though compensation cannot reverse the pain and suffering associated with an injury, it can ease your financial burden. Pursuing a claim can bring the negligent party to justice and discourage others from acting similarly. To discuss your case in more detail with an attorney from The Tawwater Law Firm, please contact us online or call us at (405) 607-1400.