According to a report by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, there were 73 fatal alcohol-related vehicle accidents in Indiana and 83 total fatalities in 2016 (the latest year for which data is available). Additionally, there were 2,098 non-fatal alcohol-related injuries that same year. While alcohol-related traffic deaths declined in Indiana in 2016, alcohol-related traffic injuries actually increased.
When individuals make the choice to drink and drive, they have decided to act negligently. Drunk driving accidents are always the result of negligence, as operating while intoxicated (OWI) is illegal in Indiana, as it is throughout the United States. Aside from criminal proceedings, victims of drunk driving accidents can take civil action to hold drunk drivers accountable and seek compensation for their losses.
Contact the Indianapolis drunk driving accident attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation. Call us at (888) 204-8440 or fill out and submit an online contact form today.
Impaired Driving Facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while recognized tactics aimed at stopping individuals before they hurt someone through sobriety checkpoints, and measures designed to stop repeat offenders such as ignition interlocks, the best way to protect yourself is to drive defensively and to make sure that you and your passengers wear seatbelts.
Drunk driving at a glance:
- According to the CDC, in 2010, over 100,000,000 adults reported that they had gotten behind the wheel after drinking.
- Almost 1.5 million people were arrested in 2010 for DUI (driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol).
- In 2010, approximately 1,200 children under the age of 14 were killed in auto accidents, and approximately 1 in 6 were killed in an auto accident involving an intoxicated driver.
- One person is injured in a drunk driving accident almost every 90 seconds.
- 248 of motor vehicle accident fatalities in 2012 were drunk-driving related.
- In 2011, 226 children were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers. Over half of those children were in the car with the impaired person.
Recovery for Victims & Their Families
All too often, drunk driving accidents result in severe injury or death. Alcohol-related collisions are often more severe than other types of accidents as the drunk driver does not typically take any measures (such as braking) to avoid the collision. As a result, victims often suffer immense losses.
A personal injury claim involving an alcohol-related crash can help you recover compensation for:
- Any medical bills you incurred as a result of the accident, including both immediate emergency treatment and ongoing medical costs
- Lost income and/or wages if you had to take time off work to receive medical treatment for your injuries or were hospitalized
- Lost or reduced earning capacity (also known as “lost future income”) if the accident left you disabled and/or unable to work
- Property damage, including the cost of repairs to your vehicle and any other property-related expenses you incurred due to the accident
- Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress and PTSD, disfigurement, inconvenience, and loss of life quality
Additionally, if your loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident, you may be able to recover compensation for damages such as medical expenses incurred prior to death, unexpected funeral/burial costs, loss of companionship, emotional anguish, loss of support, and more.
Contact Wagner Reese Today
With more than 120+ years of combined legal experience and a proven track record of results, our Indianapolis drunk driving accident lawyers are prepared to help you fight for the just compensation you are owed. We offer compassionate, personalized legal services and aggressive advocacy on behalf of all our clients. Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost for you and you only pay if we win your case.
Call (888) 204-8440 or contact us online to request a free, no-obligation consultation.