DRUNK DRIVING IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF CAR CRASHES THAT KILL AND MAIM PEOPLE THROUGHOUT PENNSYLVANIA.
The Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reported 127,127 vehicular accidents in 2015, resulting in 1,200 deaths; 345 of these deaths were from crashes involving alcohol. That means alcohol was a contributing factor in 28.75% of the accident fatalities that year.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is taken seriously in Pennsylvania, and if you or a loved one is injured or if someone has died in a crash involving drunk driving, you may have a claim for compensation for your losses. This includes medical bills that are not covered by PIP, lost wages and other economic expenses, and possibly claims for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering as well.
However, Pennsylvania laws are complex, and your case must be handled correctly and competently, or you may never collect the compensation you are entitled to.
Because insurance companies will try tactics such as trying to shift responsibility or getting you to accept the lowest settlement, it makes sense to get legal representation before you talk to an insurance company in order to protect your rights and maximize the compensation you receive.
Pennsylvania has a no-fault insurance system, which means anyone injured in a car accident must first go to their own car insurance company for compensation, no matter who is to blame for the crash. Purchasers of a car insurance policy have the option of choosing between “full tort” and “limited tort” coverage. Drivers who have chosen “limited tort” cannot sue for damages unless the accident resulted in “serious injury,” which means serious impairment of a body function or permanent and serious disfigurement.
Full Tort insurance allows you to sue a responsible driver for any injuries suffered through that driver’s carelessness or negligence. You are allowed to seek compensation for non-economic damages that include pain and suffering, as well as lost income, unpaid medical bills and the loss of quality of life.
Additional relevant state laws that may affect your case include:
If you are in an accident and you suspect the driver is impaired, it benefits you if you can help the police prove this. Take steps such as:
The skilled and experienced drunk driving accident attorney Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann has spent decades honing his skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. We offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome. With our sizeable staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service. We have years of experience dealing with the harm that results from drunk driving crashes. As a result, we have been successful in securing substantial recoveries for legitimate claims.
Cliff Rieders is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
Rieders has won numerous awards and recognition from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he received the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recognition award. Cliff has received the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, as well as the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. Rieders is on committees and organizations that write the law in many fields of practice and teaches at seminars attended by the leading lawyers in the state. Cliff Rieders is the lawyer that other lawyers call for counsel and advice and is admitted in state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
If you or your loved one has suffered harm from someone else’s negligence in a drunk driving crash, your next step should be to consult Cliff Rieders at Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann by calling (570) 323-8711, or by using our online contact form. Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all personal injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.