Birmingham DUI Accident Victim Attorney
Legal Representation for Victims of DUI Accidents in Alabama
DUI conviction carries heavy criminal penalties under Alabama law. Strict laws and penalties are designed to punish drunk drivers and discourage driving under the influence, but these laws do nothing to compensate the innocent people injured in drunk driving accidents. Fortunately, DUI accident victims are entitled to file personal injury claims or lawsuits to seek compensation from the drunk drivers who, through negligent driving conduct, caused injury accidents.
If you have been hurt or have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk driver, it is in your best interests to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, so your claim can be evaluated, witnesses can be located, and evidence can be collected while it is still available.
For more than a decade, our Birmingham personal injury lawyers at Guster Law Firm, LLC have been helping injured auto accident victims pursue compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of others. We can assess the full extent of your losses, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for the compensation you deserve. If necessary, we can file a lawsuit in civil court.
Damages in DUI Accident Claims
If the driver who caused your accident was convicted of DUI after the crash, negligence has already been established, and that fact will assist you in filing a claim for compensation against the convicted DUI driver.
Most auto accident personal injury claims seek both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include monetary losses, such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and lost earning potential. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses, based upon the specific circumstances of your case.
In addition to compensation for the losses you have suffered, punitive damages may be awarded when drunk drivers cause injury to others. These are damages designed to deter wrongful conduct and punish the defendant for acts committed with wanton and reckless disregard for the rights or safety of others.
DUI Accident Statistics
Drunk drivers are a menace to other motorists on the roadways and to themselves. Nationwide, alcohol-impaired driving killed 9,967 people in 2014, accounting for 31% of traffic deaths in the U.S., according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics.
The Alabama Department of Transportation (DOT) states that 9,190 alcohol or drug-impaired drivers were reported statewide in the most recent year for which statistics are available. Driving under the influence contributed to 4,603 traffic crashes that year, 105 of which were fatal. In 2014, 264 people were killed in Alabama drunk driving accidents, accounting for 32% of total traffic deaths.
Birmingham DUI Accident Victim Lawyers at Guster Law Firm, LLC are Here to Help
After serious injuries in an accident caused by a drunk driver, your focus should be on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back on track. Our skilled and dedicated Birmingham car accident attorneys at Guster Law Firm, LLC have helped many accident victims recover full and fair compensation for injuries caused by the negligent acts of others, including for drunk driving accident victims.
We will immediately get to work on your injury case, and craft a persuasive, well-documented claim to seek full compensation, engage in negotiations with the insurance company, and protect your rights and interests from start to finish. Contact our Birmingham DUI accident victim lawyers today for a free consultation. Guster Law Firm, LLC can be reached at (205) 386-6844.