We all know the dangers of drinking and driving, but we likely never expect that we may need a Columbus DUI accident attorney. However, if the negligence of another driver has caused harm to you or someone you love, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.

At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we are going to be by your side when you need help. Let our knowledgeable and experienced team investigate what happened to you so we can secure the compensation you deserve.

What We Know

When we turn to the latest reporting year for Ohio, we see that there was a total of 303,298 vehicle crashes. Out of those, more than 75,000 of them were injury-causing crashes and 1,179 people died.

What really concerns us is the alcohol-related crash statistics. During that same year, we know that 314 of the crash fatalities and almost 7,000 of the crash injuries were caused by alcohol-related incidents.

  • Over 26% of the total traffic crash fatalities that year were due to alcohol-impaired drivers

The vast majority of alcohol-related crashes involved passenger vehicles, though hundreds also involved motorcycles, heavy trucks, or buses.

Injuries from these crashes tend to be more severe than with other types of causes. That is because impaired drivers usually driver at higher rates of speed and often do not slow down before an impact. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of these incidents:

  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions

Consider the costs associated with these injuries. The emergency and ongoing medical care for serious injuries can quickly rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. When determining a fair compensation for these incidents, we also have to look at the hidden costs. These can include things like lost income if a victim cannot work while they recover, travel to and from treatment, any vehicle or home modifications necessary, as well as emotional and psychological damages.

In some cases, a vendor who knowingly sells alcohol to a minor or to a person who is visibly intoxicated can be held liable for damages and injuries caused by that person under Ohio’s dram shop and liquor laws.

What Happens Next?

Drinking and driving is the most negligent thing a person can do on the roadway. No matter how many public service campaigns there are and no matter how many arrests police make, people still make a choice to drive while impaired. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a drunk driver, Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers is ready to get to work on securing the compensation you deserve. This can include:

  • Coverage of your medical bills
  • Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
  • Mental anguish damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the driver

If you need a Columbus DUI accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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