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Have You or a Loved One Suffered an Injury from a Drunk Driver? Speak to a Drunk Driving Injury Lawyer for Help.
Drunk driving is a serious problem in Alabama. Nearly a third of all fatal crashes on Alabama roads involve intoxicated drivers. Alcohol-related driving accidents took the lives of 247 people in Alabama in 2015, and all of those were preventable deaths.
Drunk drivers are potentially liable for the injuries they cause in car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents. The bar or restaurant that sold or served them alcohol may be liable as well. Alabama has dram shop laws that hold bars, restaurants and other establishments liable when they sell or serve alcohol to a person who is either already visibly intoxicated or under the age of 21. Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of Alabama personal injury law pertaining to drunk driving accidents. We advocate aggressively for victims of drunk drivers.
At Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., our compassionate attorneys understand how a drunk driving accident can devastate a family and leave people unsure how to start rebuilding their lives. An important first step is to understand your legal rights. Choosing the right lawyer may be one of the most important decisions you ever make if your future depends on the outcome of your accident claim. If you or your loved one has been harmed in an alcohol-related car accident in Huntsville or anywhere in North Alabama, contact an Alabama drunk driving accident lawyer at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. to discuss your legal options and how we may help during a courtesy consultation.
The legal team at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. has obtained more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients including $5.1 million in compensation in a wrongful death case caused by a drunk driver. Each accident case stands on its own, but we are proud of the results we have achieved for many Alabamians. You can rely upon the knowledge and experience of Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. Contact us now for a free consultation.
How Our Accident Lawyers Can Help After a Crash Caused by an Impaired Driver
If you were seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident involving an intoxicated driver, regaining your health should be your first priority. We know how a drunk driving accident can turn lives upside down, and we are committed and experienced in bringing these cases for the victims of drunk drivers.
While you recover, we will investigate the contributing factors to the accident that caused your injuries and determine who was at fault and potentially liable. We will conduct a full investigation of the accident scene, obtain toxicology and medical reports, interview any witnesses and take photos of the vehicles that were involved. If the intoxicated driver was driving as part of his or her job when the accident occurred, the driver’s employer may be liable as well.
We also can assist you in finding the best available medical care if you need additional treatment and arrange with your health care providers for the payment of your medical bills to be postponed until your lawsuit is settled.
We will calculate your losses related to your injuries including medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages and future lost wages if you cannot return to work. If you have catastrophic injuries as a result of the accident and will have limited mobility, we may hire a financial planner to estimate the lifetime costs of your disability and remodeling of your home to accommodate your disability. We will submit a claim to the insurance provider representing the at-fault party and negotiate aggressively for full compensation for your losses while you concentrate on your health and recovery.
Insurance companies frequently settle accident claims involving alcohol-related injuries because they do not wish to have to defend a drunk driver’s reckless actions before a jury. If the insurance company refuses to agree to a just settlement, however, we will file a civil lawsuit in the appropriate Alabama civil court and pursue justice for you and your family. We are experienced Alabama trial attorneys with more than 75 years of collective experience and a strong record of success.
Facts about Drinking and Driving in Alabama
More Likely to Crash
Drivers with a breath alcohol level of .08, the legal limit in Alabama, are about four times more likely to have a wreck than sober drivers, according to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One of Every Three Fatal Accidents
32 percent of all traffic deaths in Alabama in a recent year involved an intoxicated driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.
Close to Home
Madison County had 33 traffic fatalities and 11 were alcohol related, according to Alabama Crash Facts 2014.
Saturday and Sunday
Days of the week with the highest portion of drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents in Alabama.
Higher than the National Average:
Alabama’s rate of alcohol-related fatal accidents based on vehicle miles travelled.
Number of people who sustained injuries in alcohol-related accidents in Alabama in a recent year.
Drivers ages 20 to 24
Age group with the largest portion of DUI drivers involved in accidents in Alabama.
Pickup truck drivers had the highest percentage of alcohol impairment among all drivers involved in deadly accidents based on national traffic data from 2009-2014. Twenty-four percent of pickup truck drivers involved in fatal crashes were intoxicated compared to 22 percent of automobile drivers and 12 percent of van drivers.