One of the most dangerous things any of us does is get behind the wheel of a vehicle. The last thing we need is for driving to become more dangerous due to the recklessness of an impaired driver. Unfortunately, we know that far too many people make the choice to drive while intoxicated.
At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help if you or a loved one are injured by an impaired driver. We know that these cases can become emotional and complex. Let us work to secure the compensation you deserve when you need a Cleveland DUI accident attorney.
For the latest reporting year in Ohio, there were over 1,000 traffic crash fatalities and nearly 19,000 injuries. Although most vehicle crashes do not result in fatalities or injuries, there are certain cases in which drivers are at extreme risk:
When we look at the state highway patrol numbers, we see that 405 of the total traffic fatalities were the result of what is called “operating a vehicle impaired” or OVI. That is a staggering amount of the overall fatalities. The numbers look the same when it comes to major injuries.
Drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol are much more likely to travel at high rates of speed and less likely to slow down before an impact. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of an OVI-related crash:
Each of these injuries requires immediate emergency medical attention. Some of them often require multiple surgeries and extended periods of rehabilitation. Victims of impaired driving crashes are often left with major medical bills and no way to pay them. Their costs do not end there. Hidden costs associated with these crashes can put families into financial ruin.
For those who are permanently disabled, there is no way to put a price tag on what has been lost. Insurance companies rarely take all of these costs into consideration when determining settlement amounts, placing a huge burden on victims.
Vehicle crashes are scary and can leave you wondering what to do next, especially if you have major medical bills. These incidents can be even more challenging to deal with if an impaired driver was the cause. Please know that you are not alone. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. This can include: