Montgomery County Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving accident, get in touch with an attorney who will hold the drunk and reckless driver accountable for their negligent actions and help you seek damages to address the losses and hardships associated with the collision. Every injury and wrongful death caused by a drunk driver is unnecessary and tragic. If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you deserve to have your legal rights protected by an experienced and aggressive personal injury lawyer.
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., we understand the legal and financial struggles clients are forced to deal with following a drunk driving accident. We do everything possible to ensure clients’ rights and interests are protected and that they are appropriately compensated.
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Punitive Damages in Pennsylvania Drunk Driving Accident Cases
In Pennsylvania, victims of drunk driving accidents can pursue punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish the drunk driver for their reckless behavior, while compensatory damages are designed to provide the accident victim with compensation to cover the cost of medical expenses, current and projected lost earnings, and other damages.
If applicable, our firm’s attorneys will present evidence of the drunk driver’s careless actions to seek punitive damages. We’ll gather, analyze, and present critical evidence such as the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and breathalyzer test results.
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Who Is Liable after a Drunk Driving Accident in Montgomery County?
All drivers in Pennsylvania have a duty of care not to injure others while operating a motor vehicle. If a driver causes an accident as a result of negligence—particularly if that negligence stems from alcohol consumption—there’s a clear breach of that duty of care.
In alcohol-related crashes, the drunk driver is usually the negligent party in the crash and will likely bear most if not all of the responsibility for the accident. An expert DUI accident lawyer may be able to help make sure that the drunk motorist is held accountable for their actions so that you can cover the cost of any vehicle repairs, medical expenses, and emotional trauma associated with the crash.
Note that the drunk driver doesn’t need to be convicted for you to have a valid claim because the burden of proof is lesser in a civil proceeding than in a criminal proceeding. While restitution may be awarded if the drunk driver is convicted, injury victims may still be able to obtain compensation if the at-fault driver is not convicted or pleads to a lesser charge.
Steps to Take after a Montgomery County Drunk Driving Injury
If you’re injured in an accident with a drunk driver, here are a few steps you can take to protect your legal right to compensation:
- Stop and remain at the scene. After you’ve assessed the situation and tended to any passengers, call 911 for police and emergency medical services. If you’re able, try to assist any other drivers and passengers involved in the accident.
- Gather information. Write down the other driver’s name, phone number, and insurance information. You should also get the names and contact information of any passengers who were involved and any witnesses who saw the collision.
- Keep track of your injuries and seek medical care. Even if your injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening, you should still visit a doctor as soon as possible. Some impact injuries have latent symptoms. Putting off your medical evaluation may not only put your health at risk but also allow the opposing party to argue that you’re partially responsible for the severity of your injuries.
- Work with an experienced lawyer. After a severe injury or the loss of a loved one, your focus should be on healing for yourself and your family, not fighting insurance companies. Your attorney can take these tasks off your hands so you can rest and recover.
The drunk driver who hit you may be arrested at the scene and could face criminal charges and legal punishments, including jail time, fines, and driver’s license suspension. Down the line when filing a civil lawsuit, your attorney will gather evidence to show the extent of your compensatory damages that are meant to repay you for your losses.
Contact an Experienced DUI Accident Attorney in Pennsylvania for a Free Initial Consultation
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident as a result of a drunk driver, speak with a drunk driving accident lawyer about your options as soon as possible. The experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your case and any potential obstacles during a free consultation. We’ll outline the facts and help you determine the most strategic method to pursue compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and damages associated with the crash.
To learn more about your options following an alcohol-related crash, contact us in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to schedule a free initial consultation. We are located right off Route 309, in Colmar, Hatfield Township, and offer free and convenient parking. We also manage a location in Newtown, PA, and can travel to you if necessary. Our drunk driving accident lawyers handle cases throughout Montgomery County, including Norristown, Upper Dublin, Plymouth Meeting, King of Prussia, Cheltenham, and Abington. Give us a call at (215) 822-7575 or complete our online contact form today.