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Injured in a Car Accident Caused by a Drunk Driver?
Wisconsin has one of the nation's highest drunk driving rates in the nation. Alcohol-related crashes result in thousands of serious injuries and hundreds of deaths. In 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported 162 alcohol-related crashes and nearly 2,700 injuries caused by drunk driving accidents. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that drunk driving-related accidents cost more than $51 billion and 30 lives are lost each day. Drunk driving is not only a problem in Wisconsin - it is a national epidemic. Someone's careless decision to drink and drive can ruin many lives.
Casey Law Offices strongly believes in holding drunk driver accountable for their dangerous behavior. We believe in stiff penalties and can advocate vigorously on your behalf to seek justice and full compensation for you or an injured loved one.
If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident or if your loved one was killed by a drunk driver, contact a personal injury attorney to explore your legal options.
Calculating the Value of Your Car Accident Claim
Victims of car accidents and truck accidents caused by drunk drivers are able to file an injury claim to recover compensation for costs associated with the accident.
Recoverable damages include:
- Medical treatment for injuries
- Lost wages and benefits from missing work
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Disability accommodations if you are permanently disabled
- Punitive damages (in some cases)
Was The Other Driver in Your Accident Drunk?
Take note of how the driver was operating his or her vehicle. There are signs that may indicate a driver was drunk, such as:
- Erratic swerving from side to side
- Crossing the yellow lines (or even driving into opposing traffic)
- Sudden braking and accelerating
- Wide turns
- Delayed reaction to traffic lights
- Erratic signaling
- Driving without headlights on at night
If you believe that the other driver was intoxicated at the time of your accident, it is important to provide this information to the police. The law takes drunk driving seriously and will often hand down harsh punishments to the liable party.
Are Social Hosts Liable in Wisconsin?
In Wisconsin, alcohol vendors and social hosts are generally not liable for providing alcohol to a guest who injures someone after drinking and driving, unless the liable party is below the legal drinking age of 21 years old. The only exception is if the social host provides alcohol to a minor under 21 years old. In this situation, the victim may be able to hold the social host accountable for the accident. Talk to a knowledgeable car accident attorney if you are unsure about liability in your claim.
Start Your Free Consultation
It is important to hire an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer to review your case and guide you through the claims process. Whether you were hurt by a drunk driver, an uninsured driver or distracted driver who rear-ended your car, we can fully investigate the circumstances of your drunk driving collision and file an effective claim on your behalf. Casey Law Offices represents clients on a contingency fee basis. If we do not obtain a monetary recovery for you, then you are not responsible for legal fees.
Don't wait to get help. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced member of our firm today.