Every 51 minutes, another person is killed in the United States by a drunk driver. At Emroch & Kilduff, we know that each victim is more than a statistic, they are a person—and have a family who is living with the results of a drunk driving accident. If you or a loved one was a victim of a Tappahannock drunk driving accident, contact the skilled car accident attorneys at Emroch & Kilduff immediately for guidance and advice.
Tappahannock Drunk Driving Accidents Result in all Types of InjuriesDrunk drivers are a menace on our roadways. In 2019, there were over 18,000 arrests for drunk driving in Virginia. Overall, the cost associated with drunk driving from fatalities in the Commonwealth is $429 million. Drivers who are under the influence do not have good judgment. Bad decisions result in rear-end accidents, sideswipe collisions, and head-on collisions. Victims can suffer a range of injuries in a drunk driving accident including:
- Back and neck injuries - Regardless of the direction your vehicle is struck, the damage to your back and neck can be devastating. Victims can be forced to live with life-long pain and may never resume their duties at their job.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) - Head injuries are common in a variety of accidents. When another vehicle strikes a victim's car, drivers or passengers may be thrust forward in their seats causing their head to snap back and forth. This impact can also disrupt normal brain functions, resulting in a debilitating TBI.
- Impacts resulting in broken bones - Fractured pelvis, broken arms, broken legs are all possible in serious car accidents. These breaks often take weeks to heal and may require follow-up surgery to ensure the bones are set properly.
- Death from injuries - Sadly, some accidents result in death. In these cases, a family may have the option of filing a wrongful death claim.
Tappahannock Drunk Drivers at Fault for Their ActionsIn nearly all cases, a drunk driver will be at fault for the accident which resulted in your injury. However, there can be other parties who may be partially liable for your injuries including:
- Other drivers - Another driver may have initially struck the drunk driver because they were improperly passing, swerving, or cut them off.
- Parts manufacturer - While the collision may be the primary source of your injuries, some victims suffer an additional injury due to a tire blow out, a defective airbag, or other manufacturing problems with their vehicle.
Recovering Financially Following a Tappahannock Drunk Driving AccidentWhile your primary focus should be on your physical recovery, there is little doubt that you and your family will be facing some financial challenges following a drunk driving accident. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be facing weeks out of work and mounting medical bills. You may recover:
- Current and future income - You can recover earnings you lose while recovering from your injuries. If your injuries are severe and you can’t return to work, your lawyer will also work out estimated future wages.
- Medical care - From the minute you are struck by a drunk driver, the medical bills start. The trip to the hospital, X-rays, pain medications, overnight stays, and tests may be the tip of the iceberg. Even if you have medical insurance through your job, you may be forced to pay for some of these costs out-of-pocket. You can claim them as part of your lawsuit.
- Property damage - Damage to your vehicle following an accident could mean you are facing a high repair bill, or your vehicle may need to be replaced. Your attorney can help you determine what steps will have to be taken to get compensated for the damage to your car.