Individuals who drive under the influence of alcohol pose an extreme danger to themselves, other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclist. When someone who has been drinking or doing drugs gets behind the wheel of a car, they are immediately putting themselves and others at risk. Drunk driving contributes to a large percentage of traffic accidents, many of which result in death. Accidents and fatalities resulting from an individual driving under the influence could easily be avoided if people would simply make better choices and not get behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving accident and has sustained injury or even death, you deserve to receive fair compensation and justice. Here at Atkins & Markoff, our team of personal injury lawyers have extensive experience working these types of cases and will work hard to help you navigate the legal system in a way which is specific to your case. Drunk driving accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries, from minor cuts and scrapes to more serious spinal cord injuries and even death. We will work with you to ensure justice is served through financial compensation for your injuries and emotional trauma.
Different Types of Drunk Driving
There are several different legal options you may pursue if you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident. A criminal drunk driving case does not necessarily control the actual outcome of a legal case for personal injury, nor does it control the outcome of a car accident claim. However, the evidence for these cases that was obtained by the law enforcement officials on scene can be used as evidence in any legal proceedings that take place after the accident. Atkins & Markoff lawyers will also be able to advise you on an insurance settlement or a recovery against the person who was driving under the influence, even if they were not found guilty of a DUI.
Facts About Drunk Driving
It is no secret that drunk driving accidents have been on the rise in recent years and have resulted in hundreds of serious injuries and deaths. In the United States alone, over 10,000 people die as a result of a drunk driver every year. Here are a few additional statistics regarding drunk driving accidents in the U.S. to help reiterate what a serious problem this is:
- 200+ youths under the age of 15 are killed each year in alcohol-related crashes
- 100+ youths under the age of 15 are killed each year in alcohol-related crashes simply because they were the passenger in the car driven by a person under the influence
- Roughly 1.5 million people are arrested each year for driving under the influence
- Nearly 34 percent of those killed in alcohol-related accidents are between 21 and 24
As an Oklahoma law firm, our team of personal injury attorneys strive to represent both drivers and passengers who have been injured as a result of someone driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In addition to drivers and car passengers, we have also represented pedestrians, cyclists, and other individuals who have been injured in a drunk driving accident. In the unfortunate event a loved one is killed by a drunk driver, our lawyers also work hard to represent the grieving family members and make sure justice is served.
When it comes to a personal injury claim or drunk driving case, attorneys at Atkins & Markoff are the best choice for representation. We have successfully worked on a wide variety of cases and take a hands-on, client-oriented approach to each and every case. Regardless of how long it takes, we are here to help you understand your legal rights and take action when necessary. If you have any questions about our firm, lawyers, or would like to set up a consultation to get started today, please contact us!