Turn to a Waldorf Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer to Recover Justice and Compensation
Unfortunately, drunk driving remains one of the most common causes of car accidents, both those that result in severe injuries as well as fatalities. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation that includes medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. In cases where the other driver was severely intoxicated, you may even be entitled to punitive damages. An experienced Waldorf drunk driving accident lawyer can help you navigate the process so that you can rebuild your life.
What Time Are Most Drunk Drivers on the Road?
Drunk driving accidents are most likely to occur during the following times:
- Early evening following happy hour
- Late at night when the bars close
- On days and evenings of major holidays and other events such as Super Bowl Sunday or New Years Eve
The reality is, however, that drunk driving accidents can occur at any time. If you suspect that alcohol was a factor in causing your accident, the best thing you can do is contact a Waldorf drunk driving accident attorney to discuss your case.
Driving While Under the Influence in Maryland Is Negligence
In order to prove your claim, you need to be able to prove that your accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence. This means that you need evidence to show that they failed to exercise reasonable care to avoid an accident.
While driving while intoxicated is obviously negligent, the challenge lies in proving that the other driver was under the influence. This can be more difficult than many people expect. A Waldorf drunk driving accident lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need and navigate the claim process so that you can focus on your recovery.
Hit by a Drunk Driver? Hit by High Driver? Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
Many people think that DUI and DWI are the same things, but this is not the case. Under Maryland law, someone can be charged with DUI if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher. This is the same as every other state. In Maryland, however, drivers who have a BAC higher than .07% but less than .08% can face the lesser charge of DWI. Whether they were charged with DUI or DWI, the charge can be powerful evidence of the other driver’s negligence. A conviction for either of those charges can provide even more compelling evidence.
That said, you do not need to wait for the conclusion of the criminal case to pursue your own claim for compensation. There are some strategic issues to consider, such as whether you need compensation to pay your bills. A Waldorf drunk driving accident lawyer can provide you with the guidance you need to make an informed decision as to how to proceed with your case.
Why You Should Talk to a Waldorf Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
It is vital to understand the difference between what happens with the driver’s drunk driving charge and whether you have a personal injury claim.
If the other driver is charged with DUI or DWI, that case is between them and the prosecutor. You will not be involved in that case and have no control over its outcome. The other driver may decide to plead guilty to a lesser charge or the prosecutor may dismiss the charges due to a lack of evidence.
Perhaps most importantly, it is unlikely that the DUI/DWI case will result in any compensation for you.
If you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other losses. You need someone who can serve as your advocate for your interests. A Waldorf drunk driving accident lawyer can work with the insurance companies, or if need be, go to court to make sure you get fair compensation.
A Waldorf Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help Even if The Other Driver Wasn’t Charged
Just because the police didn’t charge the other driver doesn’t mean you don’t have a claim. There are several reasons why the police may have declined to charge the other driver, but any amount of alcohol in their system could be used as evidence of their negligence. Your attorney can gather important evidence of how their intoxication led to the accident so that you can get the compensation you need to make a full recovery.
Turn to The Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles for Skilled Legal Representation
Drunk drivers who cause accidents that result in injury should be held accountable, and those that are injured are entitled to a skilled advocate who knows how to get results. At the Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles, we’ve been helping those who have been injured in drunk driving accidents for over 30 years. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Waldorf drunk driving accident lawyer, contact us today at 301-705-5006.