Drunk Driver Accidents
When people get drunk or high and cause accidents, they are usually arrested and punished for their negligence.
Stephen Rue & Associates Law Firm in Gretna, Kenner and New Orleans, Louisiana, has more than two decades of experience in representing clients in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana who have been injured, or lost family members, in accidents caused by intoxicated drivers.
Important Facts About injuries and Death From Drunk Drivers in Louisiana and America
Using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) criteria for Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), it is estimated that an alcohol crash occurs every 32 minutes. NHTSA defines an alcohol-related fatal crash as one that was reported by a law enforcement agency and involved a vehicle operator or a non-occupant (e.g., pedestrian) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.01 grams per deciliter (0.01 g/dl) or greater. In 1997, 16,189 alcohol-related fatalities occurred, 38.6% of the total fatalities for the year.
In other NHTSA statistics, alcohol-related fatalities for large truck operators declined by almost 60%, the largest such decline noted. Nearly one-third of the pedestrians 16 years or older who were killed by automobiles were intoxicated, i.e., had a BAC of 0.01 g/dl. On average, 29% of all fatal crashes that took place on weekdays involved alcohol. This percentage increased to 52% on weekends. For all crashes, the alcohol involvement on weekends was 12% and on weekdays.
In an average year, approximately 1.5 million individuals were arrested for drunk or drugged driving. This is a ratio of one out of every 122 licensed vehicle operators. If you were injured or a family member was injured or killed by a drunk driver, immediately contact experienced Louisiana Attorney Stephen Rue at (504)529-5000.
Justice And Compensation After A Drunk Driving Car Accident | Metairie DUI Injury Lawyers
Our attorneys help accident victims and their families to get justice and compensation following drunk- or drugged-driving crashes involving cars, trucks, commercial semis, boats, ATVs, motorcycles, heavy equipment and other vehicles. We also hold third parties accountable when they sell or supply alcohol or drugs to people who later cause injuries. Such parties may include bars, taverns, restaurants, party hosts, pharmacists, physicians or others who illegally provide substances that play a role in an accident.
As experienced personal injury attorneys, we understand how spinal cord injuries, traumatic head injuries, brain injuries, and other losses of cognitive and physical functions can devastate the emotional, psychological and financial health of an accident victim. We also understand the emotional toll it can take on a family. We help our clients recover money so they can pay their current and ongoing hospitalization, rehabilitation, at-home nursing care, therapy and other medical bills, as well as to compensate them for pain and suffering, lost income, and lost future income due to disability.
Our law firm also seeks compensation for the survivors of deceased accident victims through wrongful death lawsuits.