Drinking And Driving Is At An All Time High Despite DUI Laws Reports Austin Personal Injury Lawyer
May 28, 2011 | News
Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2011 – Driving while drunk is illegal. It is just that simple. And yet, the number of drunk driving deaths continues to creep up every year.
“There are a number of states that have zero tolerance laws when it comes to drinking and driving. That may involve staggering fines, suspended licenses, jail and perhaps community time. And yet, people keep drinking and driving, largely because they think the law does not apply to them, that they don’t have a drinking problem and that they can handle whatever they do drink. Wrong,” said Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer of The Lee Law Firm in Austin, Texas.
Drunk driving deaths are not to be dismissed, as they are an aberration that do not need to happen. For those that survive a collision with a DUI driver, they typically face significant medical difficulties and financial hardship. While there is no real way to measure what a victim has lost, they may face life-altering injuries that will never heal and leave them they way they were prior to an accident.
“Victims may be paralyzed, suffer from traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, crushed bones, multiple fractures, internal organ damage, amputations, severe air bag burns, severe whiplash and/or death. Hardly something that anyone would want to have happen to their life, but, people still insist on drinking and driving, and the damages and wrecked lives still continue to mount, each and every year,” Lee said.
For those who have been involved in a crash with a drunk driver, there is a way to ensure compensation: hire a competent Austin personal injury lawyer. “Most people who have been in a horrendous collision face long roads to recovery that may include months or years of therapy to regain even a modicum of normal movement. They may be on pain medications for the rest of their lives and for certain, they face grave financial difficulties as well. For instance, mounting medical and therapy bills, loss of future income and the potential to earn and lost wages,” Lee said.
For drunk driving cases that go to court, the defendant may find himself or herself facing punitive damages; damages handed out to punish the drunk responsible for the accident. Punitive damages, if they are awarded, are added on top of any compensatory damages the victim may recover.
“The bottom line is this: people still drink and drive and there is not much you can do to control that or avoid it if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you have been seriously hurt, call my office and we will review the circumstances of your accident. That’s what I do; help you get compensation to continue on with your life,” Lee said.
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