When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, the driver is putting the lives of other Pennsylvania motorists in jeopardy. Drunk and impaired driving continues to be one of the leading causes of fatal traffic accidents – just after speeding – in the Keystone State. When a drunk driver causes an accident, there is nothing that can undo what has been done. But accident victims have rights that they can exercise to seek monetary compensation and a modicum of closure.
Every year, more than 10,000 accidents on the state’s streets, roads and highways are caused by alcohol use. Nearly 300 people die in alcohol-related crashes on an annual basis. Even though alcohol-related traffic accidents account for fewer than 10 percent of all the crashes in a year, they result in a quarter of all the fatal injuries.
Nearly three-quarters of alcohol-related accidents involve a male driver or occur at night – usually on weekends. On average, almost 20 people are injured every day in alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania. Although the numbers of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities are both trending downward in recent years, there are still far too many crashes and deaths.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver, you may be entitled to recover for your injuries, property damage, medical bills and other losses that arose due to the accident. In order to ensure that you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled, your best course of action is to contact a law firm that has extensive experience representing victims of drunk drivers, like Fanelli, Evans and Patel, PC. Visit our firm’s website to see how we’ve helped other victims of drunk driving accidents and to learn how we can help you.