Experienced Maryland Auto Accident Attorneys Passionately Represent Victims Injured by Drunk Drivers
A strong advocate for those who have been injured or killed
It should come as no surprise that drinking impairs motor skills, reaction time and the ability to safely drive a car. For this reason, Maryland criminal law imposes strict penalties on people caught driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher. Nevertheless, drunk drivers do take to the roads, and cause serious accidents leading to traumatic injuries and even death. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC are passionate about helping you put your life back together by securing damages in the aftermath of a drunk driving collision.
The facts about drunk driving
In today’s informed age, you might think that drunk driving isn’t as big of a risk as it used to be. People know the dangers, and have easy access to cabs or friends with cell phones. However, here are some startling facts from MADD about drunk driving:
- In 2012, 160 drunk driving fatalities (.08 BAC or higher) made up 32% of all traffic deaths in the state of Maryland. That means one in every three people who died on the road, did so because of a drunk driver
- There were more than 2,474 alcohol-related (.01 BAC or higher) crashes, resulting in 978 alcohol-related injuries
- 23,499 DUI arrests were made in Maryland in 2012
Filing a claim after a drunk driving accident
If a driver is found to be operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level above .08%, they will face criminal charges and may lose their license. But if they end up injuring or killing someone, you need to know how to secure compensation for their recklessness.
Drunk drivers are detrimental on the road and their accidents often cause serious or catastrophic injuries or death to innocent victims. Due to their impairment, drunk drivers easily underestimate their depth perception, speed, and often lose their sense of direction, driving the wrong-way. These conditions generally result in more serious, potentially life-threatening and long-term injuries.
If you have been injured by a drunk or impaired driver, you are entitled to compensation. Our DUI accident attorneys are by your side every step of the way, helping you recover the financial compensation you deserve. We fight for your compensation in the following areas:
- Current medical expenses – We understand medical expenses can add up quickly. Our attorneys seek recovery for all your medical expenses, including ambulance fees, hospital bills, doctor bills, medications, physical therapy, rehabilitation treatments and more.
- Future medical expenses – Injuries sustained in a DUI accident can be long-term and require ongoing medical treatment, surgery, home or nursing care, equipment, or prosthesis.
- Lost income – Losing your ability to work and earn income due to someone else’s negligence is devastating. We fight to recover your lost wages.
- Loss of future income – If a serious accident has diminished your ability to work and earn a comparable income, we seek financial compensation for your loss of future earnings.
- Pain and suffering – Impaired drivers should be held accountable for your pain, suffering, mental anguish and disfigurement.
- Property expenses – Compensation to repair or replace your vehicle or property damaged in the accident.
Other factors to consider when involved in a DUI accident
While a drunk driving case may seem open-and-shut, there are some mitigating circumstances to be aware of:
- Your blood alcohol level. If you had any amount of alcohol in your system, even just a single drink a couple hours earlier, it can be argued that you share liability for the accident, dramatically decreasing your rights to compensation
- Road conditions and visibility. Bad weather, dangerous terrain or limited visibility could all be argued as mitigating factors that made an accident unavoidable, limiting a drunk driver’s liability
- Vehicle condition. If either the driver’s or your vehicle was suffering some kind of malfunction, it could be determined that the defect caused the accident and not the driver’s actions
Arguments like these may seem flimsy, but tactics like these are why you need an experienced attorney fighting on your behalf to ensure that a drunk driver pays out the full damages to which you are entitled.
Our Baltimore law firm can help file your drunk driving accident claim
If you or a loved one was injured or killed by the actions of an impaired driver, the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, will help you help you win damages for your pain and suffering. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve various counties throughout Maryland including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. Our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.