Albany DUI Accident Lawyer
Driving under the influence has been a large problem since the early days of car manufacture. During this time, people routinely drove under the influence until laws were passed which begun to prevent this. It took decades until a specific test was created which more closely resembles our current DUI laws. DUI laws try to protect all of us from the dangers of accidents involving a person under the influence, although these laws never completely prevent accidents from occurring. If you have been injured in a DUI accident, contact an experienced Albany DUI accident attorney today who can help get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
DUI Accidents in New York
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) collects data relating to alcohol-related car accidents, revealing startling statistics. Out of the nearly 251,000 car accidents reported to police in 2012, 8,633 were alcohol-related. This resulted in nearly 400 fatalities, and 6,300 people injured from the accident. Unlike the broader spectrum of car accidents which revealed that the majority of accidents tend to occur during evening rush hour on Friday, the majority of alcohol-related accidents do occur during the weekend, between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
The majority of DUI accidents occur as the result of the intoxicated driver speeding down roadways. Alcohol impairment affects most drivers’ ability to focus on driving, and other factors contribute to accidents, such as distraction and failure to stay in one lane. DUI accidents also occur as a result of overcompensation to avoid another road hazard, such as an animal in the road. DUI impairment affects the ability to safely judge what needs to be done to avoid the road hazard, instead causing the driver to careen into oncoming traffic.
DUI Accident Charges
A driver who caused a DUI accident will be arrested at the scene of the accident due to their impairment, but this does not mean that they will be forced to pay any of your medical bills or other treatments. Instead, you will have to bring a separate civil action in order to collect these amounts due. Car accidents involving drunk drivers can unfortunately be quite severe, resulting in fatalities or catastrophic injuries to the other drivers. Drunk drivers are often able to walk away from accidents due to their relaxed state which does not cause them to clench up in the seconds before an accident occurs.
As the victim of a DUI accident, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, and pain and suffering.
Hug Law, PLLC | Albany, New York DUI Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured in a DUI accident, do not hesitate to contact Matthew Hug today. Matthew Hug has nearly ten years of experience in fighting for his clients’ rights after they have been involved in severe accidents. DUI accidents are often more traumatic that ordinary car accidents because they involve high rates of speed, wrong-way collisions, and often involve more injuries to the victim than the driver under the influence. Matthew Hug has years of experience in handling DUI accident cases and works tirelessly to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve. Contact our offices today for your initial free consultation.