Drunk drivers are a risk to everyone on the road and can cause serious, even deadly accidents. If you have been injured or someone close you has died in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you need to reach out to a reputable Massachusetts drunk driving attorney immediately. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the damages they deserve.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 30 people die every day in the US due to drunk driving. It is not a list anyone wants to top, but Boston ranks second place in a newly released list of the top 25 cities with the highest rate of drivers with a DUI. Insurance company Quote Wizard did the study using self-reported data from its users on driving violations as well as other data points to compile the report. The study also found that if insurers don’t drop clients who have a DUI, they would significantly raise insurance premiums. On average, a driver would see an $830 increase per year in car insurance rates. These rates typically increase for three years amounting to an overall increase of $2500 more on car insurance.
While a drunk driver may face criminal penalties, he or she may also be subject to a civil lawsuit. When you have suffered an injury due to the actions of someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may pursue compensation through a civil claim. This claim is typically rooted in the legal theory of negligence. In order to establish negligence, you must establish that the defendant owed you a duty of care behind the wheel and failed to adhere to that duty of care by driving under the influence. All drivers must use the level of care and caution that a reasonably prudent person would use in the same or similar situation. It is not enough to show that the driver’s conduct violated the duty of care, it must also be established that the driver’s conduct was a direct and proximate cause of accident and resulting harm.
Once negligence is established, the plaintiff may be entitled to a wide range of damages including, but not limited to: past and future medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs and more.
A person whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs should never get behind the wheel. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you need to consult a seasoned Massachusetts drunk driving lawyer who understands this area of law. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we have years of experience handling drunk driving cases and can help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve. We know you are dealing with a lot, which is why we want you to focus on healing while we focus on the legalities of your case. For more information, please call us today at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online.