Drunk Driver Accidents & Injuries

DUI Accidents & Drunk Driving Injury in Utah

Hurt in a DUI Accident? Let Us Fight For You.

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When someone gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs, it is a danger to everyone. Lance Andrew, P.C. fights every day to help DUI / DWI / drunk driver crash victims recover damages for all of their losses, including past, ongoing and future difficulties.

Whenever someone is injured in an accident, they are a victim. While true in all personal injury cases, this is even more so in the cases of people injured in drunk driver accidents (Driving Under the Influence "DUI" / Driving While Intoxicated "DWI"). Most traffic accidents occur because someone was negligent and because someone made a simple mistake while driving. This is NOT the case in DUI / DWI / drunk driver accidents.

In the case of DUI / DWI / drunk driver accidents, someone made a conscious decision to become intoxicated, to ignore the rest of the public’s safety, and to drive a vehicle while drunk or under the influence of drugs. Like most of the public, our personal injury law firm believes that these DUI / DWI / drunk drivers should be treated different than others that cause automobile accidents through negligence alone. Thankfully, Utah law agrees.

 

Get Trusted Legal Counsel From Lance Andrew, P.C.

If you are the victim injured in a DUI / DWI / drunk driver accident, you have legal rights. You have rights in both the criminal courts as well as the civil courts. You have the right to make claims against the at-fault driver, as well as the provider of the intoxicant (this is called a "dram shop" claim). Our firm has a proven track record of substantial recoveries in DUI / DWI / drunk driver cases. If you’ve been hurt you need a trusted DUI attorney in Salt Lake City to get you justice.

Whatever you do, don’t speak to the insurance company or sign anything without speaking to an experienced DUI / DWI / drunk driver personal injury attorney first!

 

Important Facts About DUI Accidents

From 2003-2012, there were 469 people killed in car accidents involving a drunk driver in the state of Utah. In the year 2014, there were 8,360 DUI cases in Utah’s Justice Courts alone.

Tragically, every 33 minutes, someone is killed in a DUI / DWI drunk driver crash. Information like this shows how prevalent DUI's are in our society. Here are more facts about DUI / DWI / drunk driver Accidents:

  • The economic cost of DUI / DWI / drunk driver crashes exceeds $45 billion per year
  • 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in a DUI / DWI / drunk driver crash at some time in their lives
  • About one-third of all DUI / DWI / drunk drivers are repeat offenders
  • DUI / DWI / drunk drivers have a greater risk of involvement in a fatal crash
  • Alcohol was involved in 38% of fatal crashes and 7% of all crashes in 1998
  • Over one-third of all deaths for people ages 15-20 years old result from automobile crashes
  • In 1998, over one third of motor vehicle fatalities involved alcohol

Additionally, Utah’s legislature has actually voted to lower the state’s legal DUI limit to a .05 percent blood-alcohol content. This bill actually makes Utah’s DUI threshold the lowest for driving under the influence of alcohol in the nation.

At .05 percent blood-alcohol content, a driver may still have trouble steering their vehicles, and they may also have more difficulty with tracking moving objects and responding to emergencies, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

Additional Information About DUI / DWI Accidents

There are two different terms for drunk driving that a drunk driver can be charged with in an automobile accident or in the event that a police officer finds a driver intoxicated.

  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

These two terms can be used interchangeably and some states use one rather than the other.

In a DUI case, a drunk driver can face both criminal and civil charges. When a drunk driver fails a sobriety test, he will also receive a citation for driving while intoxicated and will face criminal prosecution in court. This citation, or criminal charge, is different from receiving a traffic violation, such as one for causing a car accident. Additionally, there is a civil charge from the other driver for personal injuries.

 

Compensatory Damages for Losses in a Drunk Driver Accident

A DUI lawsuit from the other driver is an attempt to recover damages for property, medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.

The family members of someone who was killed by a drunk driver may file a wrongful death suit. This type of lawsuit is actually filed on the deceased person’s behalf by a family member or a duly appointed personal representative. In this type of personal injury lawsuit, economic and noneconomic damages, as well as punitive damages, are possible to pursue.  

In a Utah personal injury case, such as a DUI accident with serious injuries, you could receive compensation for medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and other losses.

 

 

Choose the Expert Attorneys at Lance Andrew, P.C.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI accident, we are ready and willing to stand up and fight the insurance companies for your rights. Contact us today for a free legal consultation with our experienced DUI accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help in your case.

Initial consultations and second opinions are always free. There is no fee unless we recover for you.

Please contact us today to learn more about how our experienced DUI accident injury attorneys can help you.

 

We Serve All Cities & Counties Throughout Utah, Including Salt Lake City

No matter which Utah county or city you live in, our accident personal injury lawyers can help you with your legal needs.

Our firm serves all of Utah, including the following counties and cities:

American Fork

Fillmore

Murray

Sanpete

Beaver

Garfield

Nephi

Sevier

Bountiful

Grand

Ogden

South Jordan

Box Elder

Heber

Orem

St. George

Brigham City

Iron

Park City

Summit

Cache

Juab

Piute

Tooele

Carbon

Kamas

Price

Uintah

Cedar City

Kanab

Provo

Utah

Centerville

Kane

Rich

Vernal

Daggett

Kaysville

Richfield

Wasatch

Davis

Layton

Riverton

Washington

Delta

Lehi

Roy

Wayne

Draper

Logan

Salt Lake

Weber

Duchesne

Millard

Salt Lake City

West Jordan

Emery

Moab

San Juan

West Valley City

Farmington

Morgan

Sandy

And more

 

Home & Hospital Visits Available

When you or a loved one is injured in a DUI accident, you have to take action immediately. At Lance Andrew, P.C., we help you with your case as soon as possible -- we come to you.

We offer home and hospital visits so that we can take immediate legal action to protect you or your loved one and ensure you receive the legal advice that can help you get the most compensation in your personal injury case.

Give us a call, and our personal injury attorneys will come to you: (801) 869-6800.

 

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