DUI-Related Crashes Can Cause Life-Altering Injuries
Despite strict laws and ongoing public relation campaigns, drunk driving continues to be a problem. When drivers get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence, they are endangering their life and the lives of others. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you can pursue a personal injury claim against the liable party and their insurance company.
Statistics show that there are about 3,000 DUI crashes in Multnomah County every year, which leads to around 1,000 convictions for DUI. Some reports have referred to Portland as one of the “drunkest driving cities” in America. Portland ranks 12th for the highest number of drivers with a DUI charge in the country. These crashes cause property damages, lost wages, lost productivity, pain and suffering, and lead to millions in medical expenses.
Injuries Caused By Drunk Driving Crashes
The extent of the damages and injuries caused by a DUI crash can vary greatly depending on the point of impact, speed, and severity of the crash. Injuries could include broken bones, soft tissue injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal damage, paralysis, amputations, and lacerations. Any of these injuries will lead to medical expenses, lost earnings, future medical care, and pain and suffering.
If a drunk driver has crashed into you, you should maintain a file of supporting documentation to prove what happened, how it happened, and the damages you sustained. You should call the police to ensure an accident report is filed, and you should seek medical care right away. A personal injury lawyer will be able to determine the extent of your damages and help you get your claim underway before the statute of limitations expires. You do have limited time to pursue a claim after an accident left you with injuries and damages. If you wait too long, you cannot recoup compensation for your damages.
Consulting With An Auto Accident Injury Lawyer
If you have been in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you should gather your supporting evidence and meet with a personal injury attorney. An attorney will review the details of the accident, gather additional evidence and documentation, and come up with a fair value for your claim. If an auto accident in the Portland-Vancouver metro area has left you with serious injuries, contact the Harlan Law Firm for a free case review.