Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer: Tim Misny
There is no way to sugarcoat it: drunk driving kills. This year alone, drunk driving will claim the lives of nearly 11,000 individuals. Of these fatalities, more than 200 of them will be innocent children under the age of 14. Not only will thousands of people be killed this year because of drinking and driving, many more will also be injured. 800 people today will be hurt in a drunk driving related car crashes, leading to 345,000 injuries this year due to people driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police are doing what they can to stop these numbers from climbing, and they will pull over roughly 100,000 individuals this year who are under the influence of alcohol. That, sadly, is just a mere fraction of the millions more who won’t get caught. Appallingly, over one hundred million people readily admit they drink and drive.
Here is the stone-sober truth:
Every single day, 30 people will die from an alcohol-related car crash.
One in three people will be a victim in an alcohol-related car crash in their lives.
Every 48 minutes, another life will be stolen due to drunk driving.
Most fatal crashes that occur over a weekend are due to alcohol.
Young adults (between the ages of 21-24) are the most likely to drink and drive.
Did you know that a drunk driver has, on average, driven drunk 80 times before he/she gets arrested? That’s utterly crazy and unacceptable. As a driver, we all take on a certain amount of responsibility when we get behind the wheel. Everything we do is to help ensure the roads are safe for not only ourselves and our passengers, but all of the other motor vehicles on the road. The fact that someone would so flagrantly take these risks and endanger other drivers is an outrage.
Ohio Drunk Driving Laws
In Ohio, the laws regarding driving under the influence, commonly referred to as DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired), are strict. They are enforced by police officers to prevent drunk driving accidents and fatal car accidents caused by intoxicated drivers.
When it comes to drunk driving accidents, Ohio imposes severe penalties for individuals found guilty of DUI accidents. A drunk driving accident case can lead to serious consequences, including fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment. These penalties are designed to deter individuals from engaging in drunk driving crashes.
Ohio defines DUI as operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher for drivers aged 21 and older. For drivers under 21, a BAC of 0.02% or higher can result in an OVI charge. The state also has a more severe charge called “aggravated vehicular homicide” for those involved in fatal car accidents while intoxicated.
When police officers suspect a driver of intoxicated driving, they can pull the driver over and administer field sobriety tests or chemical tests to measure BAC. Refusing to submit to these tests can result in immediate license suspension.
In summary, Ohio’s laws on driving under the influence are designed to prevent DUI accidents by imposing strict penalties on individuals who operate vehicles while intoxicated. Police officers are vigilant in enforcing these laws to protect public safety and reduce the risk of drunk driving crashes.
Car Accident Injuries
A car crash can change lives in an instant. In one second, you’re just minding your own business, trying to get to the store or home. In the next, you could be permanently disabled or even killed. The injuries that can be sustained during a drunk driving accident can be devastating. These can include:
Whiplash can be a result of a car wreck caused by an intoxicated driver. When the intoxicated driver’s vehicle collides with another, the sudden impact and forceful motion can strain the neck’s soft tissues, leading to whiplash. Victims may need to file a car accident claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company to cover medical bills and seek compensation. However, insurance companies do not have the victims best interests at heart, which is why you need to call me. I am here for you. As one of Cleveland’s top drunk driving accident lawyers, I have the experience and winning record to ensure you are compensated for your injuries!
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur in a severe car accident. When the force of the collision damages the spinal cord, victims often face extensive medical bills for treatment and rehabilitation. They may need to file a car accident claim with the insurance company of the driver responsible for the accident. Spinal cord injuries can permanently change someone’s life and the lives of their loved ones, and compensation for injuries are critically important to help with medical expenses.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
A severe impact to the brain can cause a traumatic brain injury. Victims of such accidents may require extensive medical care and rehabilitation, leading to large and ongoing medical bills related to medical care and rehabilitation.
Loss of Limb
The loss of a limb can occur due to the extreme trauma from a car accident. Victims facing such devastating injuries often incur substantial medical bills related to surgeries and prosthetic limbs. They may need to file a car accident claim with the insurance company of the intoxicated driver to cover these expenses. Be aware, insurance companies often offer compensation that is much too low for the injures. As your drunk driving accident lawyer, I will be your advocate to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.
A painful consequence of a car accident can be a herniated disc. Medical treatment for herniated discs can lead to mounting medical bills. To address these costs, individuals may need to file a car accident claim with the insurance company or a lawsuit against the drunk driver.
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
While not a physical injury, PTSD is serious, and can develop in individuals involved in a traumatic car accident. Victims with PTSD may require therapy and counseling, incurring long-term medical bills.
Treatment for Injuries Sustained in Drunk Driving Accidents
Life after a car crash can be confusing, scary, and anxiety filled. There’s a good chance you’ll be spending a lot of time at your doctor’s office, doing your best to recover from your injuries. Meanwhile, you may find yourself unable to work after your accident. If you’re the sole breadwinner in the household, this will surely make your anxiety and worry worse. Bills won’t pay themselves, and without income, things can quickly become overwhelming. DUI accident attorneys like myself, know the legal system and as such can negotiate with the insurance companies to compensate you justly.
Treatment for whiplash, which is often experienced by drunk driving accident victims, typically includes rest, neck immobilization, and pain management medications to alleviate discomfort. Physical therapy may be necessary to improve neck mobility and strength, and additional therapies using heat or cold can help. In some cases, neck braces or collars may be required, and chiropractic care can also be beneficial.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Recovery from spinal cord injuries often involves emergency medical care and stabilization, followed by surgical intervention to repair damaged vertebrae or decompress the spinal cord. Extensive physical therapy and occupational therapy are essential for rehabilitation, along with the use of assistive devices such as wheelchairs. Pain management and medications may also be necessary. In severe cases, individuals may require ongoing medical care and adaptive technologies.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
The treatment for traumatic brain injuries (TBI), a common occurrence of drunk driving accidents, includes immediate medical attention and, in some cases, life-saving neurosurgery. Rehabilitation therapies such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy are essential for recovery, as well as medication to manage symptoms and prevent complications. Cognitive rehabilitation aims to improve memory and cognitive function, while counseling and psychological support address emotional and psychological recovery.
Loss of Limb
Treatment for the loss of a limb due to a drunk driving accident often involves surgical amputation, limb reconstruction and the use of prosthetic limbs. Physical therapy is crucial for regaining strength and mobility, and occupational therapy helps individuals adapt to daily living without a limb.
Herniated disc treatment, which can be necessitated by drunk driving accident victims, often includes rest, activity modification, and physical therapy to strengthen the spine. Pain management through medications or epidural steroid injections may be necessary. Hot or cold therapy can also provide relief. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be required to remove or repair the herniated disc.
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
The treatment for PTSD involves psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Treatment can often be long-term. Medications may be prescribed to manage anxiety and depression. Support groups and counseling for trauma survivors can provide additional help, along with relaxation techniques and stress management strategies. Exposure therapy may also be utilized to help PTSD patients.
After suffering injuries in a serious car accident, it is so important for you to become physically and mentally healthy again. You need time and financial compensation for recovery. I have more than 40 years of experience as a DUI accident attorney, and I will help you recover compensation for your lost wages and to help pay for your medical bills. While you begin healing, I will take care of everything else. Call me today, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Victims of DUI accidents can collect damages to cover their medical bills, including hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, prescription medications, and ongoing medical treatment related to their injuries.
If the accident victim is unable to work due to injuries sustained in the drunk driving accident, they may be entitled to compensation for the income they have lost, including wages, bonuses, and other employment benefits.
Damages can cover the cost of repairing or replacing the victim’s damaged vehicle or other property that was affected in the DUI accident.
Pain and Suffering
Victims can seek compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, and suffering they have endured as a result of the accident.
Disability and Impairment
If the DUI accident results in a long-term or permanent disability or impairment, victims may be entitled to compensation for the diminished quality of life and loss of earning capacity.
Loss of Consortium
In some cases, spouses or family members of the victim may be able to seek damages for the loss of companionship, care, and support due to the injuries sustained in the DUI accident.
Accident victims involving reckless or egregious conduct by the drunk driver, may be awarded punitive damages to punish the offender and deter others from similar behavior.
Funeral and Burial Expenses
In cases where a DUI accident results in a fatality, surviving family members can seek damages to cover the costs associated with the victim’s funeral and burial. They may also file a wrongful death claim.
Your DUI Accident Lawyer
If you have been in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you need to give me a call right away for your free case review and consultation. You can’t risk waiting, as your time to file a claim is just two years after the date of the collision. For nearly forty years, I’ve represented clients just like yourself who sustained serious injuries due to a drunk driver, and I’m ready to represent you too!
As your lawyer, not only do I want to get you the maximum financial compensation for your pain and suffering, I also want to change similar behaviors to prevent others from becoming victimized by a drunk driver. I don’t want to see anyone else hurting like you’re hurting. I’m not afraid to take on drunk drivers or policy makers head-on; I take on Big Cases with Big Results.
I know this is a very trying time for you, so I want you to turn to me as your confidant as well as your lawyer. When I take your case, I’ll give you my personal cellphone number. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me 24/7 if you have any questions about your case, or you simply need to talk about it.
I’ll meet with you at a time and place that is most convenient for you, and that includes your hospital room, rehabilitation center or your home.
If you’ve been harmed due to the negligence and carelessness of drunk driver, I’ll work tirelessly to get you the restitution you deserve to help you get back on your feet – and I’ll Make Them Pay!®