Drunk Driving Has the Power to Change Lives

People may not think very much about drunk driving and how it can impact their life until something happens. The Center for Disease Control provides some interesting statistics about how this topic might influence people’s lives. In the United States, about one person dies every 48 minutes, every day of the year. The cost of these crashes amounts to more than $51 billion each year. In 2010, 10,228 people died in accidents involving alcohol and 211 of these people were children. About 18% of these events also involved the use of drugs.

Being hit while a pedestrian or in a vehicle by a drunk driver can have devastating effects. Victims often will contact a Bakersfield attorney with The Werner Law Firm to sue for damages. These may come in the form asking for reimbursement of medical expenses such as hospital costs, physical therapy, surgeries, medications and rehabilitation. Some people will not be able to return to work or may suffer some diminished quality of life as a result of the accident. Pain, suffering, and inconvenience usually are involved. People that have loved ones die as a result of the accident may be entitled to damages through a wrongful death case.

On the other side of the coin, someone you know may be the drunk driver that caused the accident. These people may even have had only a small amount of alcohol. The results of chemical or blood testing may reveal the person is more intoxicated than one might have assumed. Factors such as how much the person ate before drinking, health issues or other factors have a bearing on blood alcohol content levels. People that find themselves in this situation will want to contact a Bakersfield criminal defense attorney with The Werner Law Firm as soon as possible. Our attorneys will know if there are other factors such as Tule fog, road conditions, and mechanical failure of the vehicle or other issues that can be used to help the client. Being in contact with an attorney soon after the event may give the attorney the opportunity to arrange for a DMV hearing to question how evidence was gathered if a contact can be made within a 10 day period after the arrest. This may be able to call into question whether the driver was actually drunk or not.

A court or jury will decide what the victim of a drunk driving accident is entitled to in terms of damages. Whether you are the victim or the person that caused the event, each party will likely need a Bakersfield lawyer to help protect their interests. The victims will need someone to present information about why they need to be compensated. The person causing the accident will need someone that can show his or her case in the best possible light. Consulting with an attorney can help people to regain peace of mind that has often been shattered by these types of events.