Boston Drunk Driving Accident Victim
Boston Drunk Driving Accident Victim Attorney
Were You Injured by an Intoxicated Driver?
Being involved in a car accident can result in serious injuries and the recovery process can often be frustrating. Knowing the accident was caused by a drunk driver, however, can make the whole ordeal that much more upsetting. While it may seem like a pretty straightforward instance of negligence on the other driver’s part, this isn’t always the case.
At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we have over a decade of experience representing the best interests of our clients in cases involving negligent drivers, including those who chose to get behind the wheel while drunk. If you’ve recently been in a car accident in Boston, and the other driver was under the influence of alcohol or some other substance, don’t hesitate to call (617) 870-0907 to discuss your legal options with our team. The consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose in giving us a call.
Recognizing Drunk Driving in Boston
According to statistics, an average of one person dies every hour in the United States as a result of alcohol-related car crashes. Many more people sustain serious injuries due to drunk driver negligence, and the recovery process is never easy. The details of any car accident case are important, but the details surrounding a drunk driving case are vital in being able to build a strong case on behalf of the injured person.
Some of the more common characteristics of a drunk driving case include:
- Falling asleep while driving;
- Running a red light or a stop sign;
- Unintentionally weaving in and out of lanes;
- Driving on the wrong side of the road or on a one-way street.
The above actions are dangerous enough when a driver isn’t impaired but become much more dangerous when the driver is drunk. If you notice a vehicle exhibiting any of the above actions, it’s best to pull to the side of the road and call 911 to report the driver. Be prepared to provide the operator with the make and model of the car, where they were located when you observed the behavior, and the direction the car was traveling. If the driver is in fact drunk and the police can intercept the vehicle before the driver recklessly causes an accident, you might even save someone’s life.
The Massachusetts Drunk Driving Definition
In Massachusetts, a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater is considered legally drunk. Operating a vehicle in this impaired state is a criminal matter, but a civil personal injury claim can also be filed if other people are injured as a result of the incident. Any driver who has a BAC in excess of the legal threshold can be labeled a drunk driver if they’re operating a vehicle while impaired.
Who Is Considered A Drunk Driving Victim?
Motorists and passengers in other vehicles that are involved in the incident are considered victims in a drunk driving crash. Any pedestrian or bicycle rider who is injured by a drunk driver is also considered a victim. Additionally, passengers in the vehicle the drunk driver is operating can also be considered victims if they sustain injury as a result of the incident.
Additional Defendants in a Drunk Driving Case
When our law firm represents the victim of a drunk driving accident, we investigate every contributing factor. In some cases, there may even be other responsible parties who can be held accountable for negligent actions having contributed to the incident. For example, if an establishment in Boston, which serves alcohol, continues to serve a patron who is clearly intoxicated and the patron is responsible for a drunk driving accident upon leaving the establishment, it too can also be held liable for damages resulting from the incident. This is referred to as a dram shop claim.
Drunk Driving Victim Compensation
As the victim of a drunk driver in Boston you have the right to be compensated for:
- Current and future medical expenses related to injuries caused by the drunk driver;
- Both physical and emotional therapy and rehabilitation from injuries and trauma;
- Damage to personal property;
- Lost wages due to injuries;
- Loss of future earning capacity as a result of partial or permanent disability caused by the accident;
- Pain and suffering resulting from the accident and injuries sustained during the accident.
If you have been the victim of a Boston car accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to financial recovery. At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we will work on your behalf to uncover all responsible parties and file a claim on your behalf. With over a decade worth of experience in the Boston area, our law firm has the resources and know-how to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (617) 870-0907 to schedule a free consultation with our Boston personal injury team and we’ll discuss the details of your drunk driving accident claim with you and help set you down the road to recovery.