Health Care

Hit by a Drunk Driver

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Driver due to being subject to test for alcohol content with use of breathalyzer

At Cardinal Law Partners, we know the pain that comes from being hit by a drunk driver. For something that was not your fault, you get to suffer physical pain as well as lose the ability to work for many months. With all these consequences, you should turn to Cardinal Law Partners in order to get the justice that you deserve.

What are Drunk Driver Accidents?

When someone gets behind the wheel after drinking, they pose a danger to themselves and others. One of the things that alcohol does is to distort one’s vision as well as the ability to react quickly. The result of this is that drunk drivers are more likely to hit pedestrians and cause many other kinds of accidents.

Drunk drivers hit pedestrians due to the following factors:

  • Impaired Judgement: Drunk drivers are unable to process information quickly enough and thus make compromised judgments.
  • Speeding: Drunk drivers are likely to drive over the speed limit. This is partly a factor of their impaired sense of judgment.
  • Inability to read road signs: Drunk drivers are unlikely to see or read road signs and thus may not slow down in the vicinity of a school or road works.
  • Impaired vision: Drinking affects vision as well as hearing. Drunk drivers are unlikely to see things like zebra crossings among others.
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Understanding the Dangers of Drunk Driver Accidents

Cities and states set laws about alcohol consumption and driving because of the dangers that drunk-driving poses. Drunk drivers are responsible for a significant number of pedestrian deaths and injuries in the United States. These accidents often leave victims with massive hospital bills. Pedestrian accidents often involve broken limbs and sometimes head injuries.  This means that even after healing, the victims will need the services of physical therapists to help them resume every-day skills such as walking and using their hands.

In addition to the medical costs, victims of such accidents are unlikely to work for a long time. This inability to earn an income can be devasting to a family.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have been hit by a drunk driver, the law allows you to sue him or her in order to recover all the money you will spend getting treated and more. The reality, however, is that such a driver (and the insurance companies that he or she engages) will do their best to avoid paying you. They may also try to minimize what they are supposed to pay you.

They may claim that you were crossing on the wrong part of the road or even that you were intoxicated yourself and thus contributed to the accident. They may also use other tricks to try and get you to take a lower payout. This is the reason why you need an experienced lawyer on your side. Cardinal Law Partners knows all the tricks these insurance companies use and will help you to effectively counter them.

When you come to Cardinal Law Partners, you can expect to get the benefit of over 50 years of collective legal experience. We offer all our clients a free consultation which helps you to get professional input regarding your case. This way, you are able to make an informed decision. Our lawyers will go out of their way to ensure that we deliver the justice that you deserve.

If you or a loved one has lost a family member or was injured in a drunk driver accident, contact Cardinal Law Partners now to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys.

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