Baltimore Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Drunk driving is against the law. All motorists know that, but many still drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is a serious situation that can result in reduced coordination and judgment. This is never good when behind the wheel of a vehicle.
In Maryland and all other states, a driver can be charged with DUI if they are driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or above. Ten percent of car accidents in the state involve drunk driving.
Drunk driving has decreased over the years, but it remains a serious problem in Maryland. Anytime you are on the roadway, you could be a victim of a drunk driving accident. These crashes can cause serious injuries. Many people have even died from them.
Have you been a victim? If so, the Baltimore drunk driving accident lawyers at Furman | Honick Law can help you seek justice and compensation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Consequences of Drunk Driving
Drunk driving causes a lot of dangers for victims and consequences for offenders. A victim can suffer broken bones, internal bleeding, disfigurement, paralysis, and brain damage. Many drunk driving crashes are even fatal.
For the offender, drunk driving comes with a lot of penalties. Even though a DUI is a misdemeanor, it can result in fines, driver’s license suspension, vehicle impoundment, and jail time. Sometimes drunk drivers may be allowed to drive if they install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. In some cases, drunk drivers may have to undergo alcohol abuse evaluations, enroll in alcohol abuse treatment programs, and have their sobriety monitored.
While driving, alcohol has a sedative-like effect. It impairs a driver’s coordination and decision making skills. An impaired driver cannot quickly avoid an accident or even perform routine driving maneuvers. Drunk drivers endanger everyone on the road, including themselves.
Can I Recover Compensation?
A drunk driver can face criminal charges as well as a civil lawsuit from the victim or their family. So whether or not the driver is charged with a DUI, the victim can file a lawsuit in an attempt to claim compensation for damages. Damages may include medical expenses and treatment for injuries. They may also include property damage, lost wages, and emotional damages such as pain and suffering. When drunk driving cases go to court, they tend to settle for a high amount. This is because juries have no sympathy for drunk drivers. They side with the victims.
Contact Furman | Honick Law Today
A drunk driver can quickly ruin your day while on the road. If you have been injured by one’s negligent or reckless behavior, be sure to seek legal help right away.
At Furman | Honick Law, no car accident is too big or too small. Our Baltimore drunk driving accident lawyer will properly evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options. Schedule a free consultation by calling (410) 844-6000 or filling out the online form.