We are the Drunk-Driving Accident Lawyers & We’re Here to Help
Being injured in an accident is already painful, stressful, and difficult enough, but when that accident is the result of someone’s choice to drink and drive, the outcome can be devastating. Whether you’ve been injured or lost someone you love in a drunk-driving accident, your life will never be the same. Even as you struggle to overcome pain and grief, medical bills begin piling up. Don’t endure the frustration and pain of a drunk-driving accident alone. We are here to help you find compensation and healing so you can begin rebuilding your life. Contact the Utah Car Accident Lawyers today.
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“My experience with the insurance company was very bad before hiring Russ at Christensen & Hymas. I was a little scared; I didn’t want to be “that guy” who sues for everything. I was impressed with the quick responses from Russ and my case turned out much better than my initial expectations. There’s nothing I would have changed about it—everything was handled well.” Mike
I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver, What Should I Do?
Nearly one in every three car accident deaths is alcohol-related. That means every day nearly 30 people die in the United States as a result of drunk driving. Whenever someone decides to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, there’s no telling how many lives could be changed permanently.
Drunk-driving is a choice, which means the pain, injuries, and death that result from these accidents are preventable. Learn how you can best protect your rights, your friends, and your family from the devastating effects of drunk driving by checking out our resources below.
Every accident is different, so it’s hard to know exactly what to do or where to turn in every case. But, here is a list of smart actions to take after being hit by a drunk driver:
- Call 911
- Seek medical attention
- Collect information from the scene
- Find witnesses
- Make sure the other driver is tested for alcohol involvement
- Take pictures
- Talk to an attorney for legal advice
To get more details on the benefits of each of these steps, click the link above.
Every 48 minutes, someone in the United States dies in a crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Because of the fatal threat that drunk driving poses, Utah has placed severe consequences for those who risk the lives of others by drinking and driving. Penalties for drunk driving can range from a $1,000 fine and six months in jail to a $5,000 fine and 1-5 years in jail, depending on the circumstances of the crash. In addition to the penalties for drunk drivers, this page also covers your rights as a victim in a drunk-driving accident.
What options do I have after being hit by a drunk driver? What are the penalties for those who drive drunk? Are there any resources that can help me after my accident? Learn the answers to these and many more questions on our “Drunk Driving FAQ” page.
The following institutions work to provide statistics, support groups, educational information, and legal assistance for those involved in drunk driving accidents:
- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
- Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
- The Century Council, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Salt Lake Support Groups
- Utah Department of Public Safety
- Utah Personal Injury Lawyers
For more information on these resources and services, click the link above.
Drunk driving is not only a problem in the United States, but all over the world. According to Alert Driving, “A survey of 178 countries found that 30 to 40 percent of road deaths are caused by alcohol.” Becoming informed on national and global statistics about drunk driving will help increase awareness and hopefully lower the amount of drunk driving accidents, injuries, and deaths.