New York Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 30 people lose their lives to drunk drivers every day in the U.S.–one individual every hour. Even though drunk driving fatalities and accidents have decreased since the 1980s, these horrific crashes continue to devastate victims and their families. An estimated 10,511 people died in drunk driving-related crashes in 2018 alone.
At William Mattar, we understand the physical and emotional suffering a drunk driving accident can inflict on innocent people. Our drunk driving accident attorneys are experienced in navigating the legal process to obtain financial compensation for injury victims. Call William Mattar (844) 444-4444 to schedule a free consultation with one of our accident lawyers.
What is BAC?
To determine if someone is legally drunk while driving, a police officer will conduct a blood alcohol content (BAC) test via a blood test or breathalyzer. BAC tests measure alcohol mass per unit of blood or per unit of body mass. Due to variables, such as gender, metabolism, and body fat to body weight ratio, estimating the number of drinks consumed is not a good way to measure BAC.
If you are hit by a drunk driver, the police officer arriving at the scene will likely administer a breathalyzer test to the driver of the car that hit you. The results of a BAC test will be used by your drunk driving accident attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Drunk Driving Accidents
The leading injury suffered by drunk driving accident victims is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are two main types of TBIs: open and closed head injuries. Closed head injuries happen when your head forcefully strikes a solid object, but the object does not enter the skull. Open (also sometimes called “penetrating”) head injuries occur when an object pierces your skull and causes extensive damage to brain tissues. The severity of a TBI sustained in a car crash will depend on the circumstances of the collision and can range from mild to moderate to serious.
If you are hit by a drunk driver and suffer a closed brain injury, you may not know it until symptoms emerge hours or days later. Signs of a closed TBI include headache, nausea, cognitive issues, and changes in normal behavior. It is strongly recommended that anyone involved in a car crash seek medical attention immediately, even if no injuries are visibly apparent and you feel fine.
Types of Drunk Driving Accidents
According to data collected by the NHTSA, men are more likely than women to be involved in a fatal drunk driving crash. In 2018, 21 percent of men, versus only 14 percent of women, were drunk at the time of a fatal accident. Young people also make up the largest group of people involved in drunk driving accidents. This same year, 24 percent of drivers aged 15 to 20 who were killed in crashes had BACs of .01 g/dL or higher. Additionally, the 21- to 24-year-old age group was the highest percentage of drunk drivers at 27 percent.
Head-on collisions due to drunk drivers going the wrong way are among the worst type of accidents, often resulting in severe injuries and fatalities. Drunk drivers can also cause multiple car pile ups if they are driving recklessly on highways or interstates and attempt to change lanes without looking behind them.
Accidents involving motorcycles are another common type of drunk driving collision. Motorcyclists have the highest rate of alcohol-impairment, at 25 percent, when compared to the drivers of any other type of vehicle.
Hurt in a Drunk Driving Accident? Call William Mattar.
A William Mattar, our drunk driving accident attorneys handle all kinds of accidents involving intoxicated drivers. In addition to seeking the best result possible, we will also visit you in the hospital or at your home if your injuries prevent you from coming to our office.
Keeping drunk drivers off the streets is a major problem for law enforcement. Representing injured victims of another driver’s negligence is how we help you obtain ample compensation to pay for short- and long-term medical bills and treatment. If you or a loved one was struck by a drunk driver, call the personal injury lawyers at William Mattar today at (844) 444-4444.
Take advantage of our No Fee Until We WinSM – a guarantee that means you don’t owe us for any attorney fees until our injury attorneys settle or win your personal injury case for you. Our legal team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you.