If You Were Hit By A Drunk Driver Or Were A Passenger With A Drunk Driver, We Can Help
Of all the accidents that happen on South Dakota roads, there may be none more tragic or senseless than accidents caused by drunk drivers. These accidents would cease to be an issue if people would make the right decision and simply not get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. Sadly, hundreds of people are injured every year in crashes caused by drunk drivers.
We can help you obtain the justice you are entitled to if you were hit by a drunk driver or were a drunk driver’s passenger.
When these accidents cause victims to suffer serious injuries, the drunk drivers can and should be held accountable to the full extent of the law. At Hoy Law, we are committed to obtaining full justice for victims who have been injured in drunk driving accidents.
Aggressive Representation In Complex Drunk Driving Accident Claims
During the criminal proceeding for a drunk driving offense, charges can be enhanced if the drunk driver caused serious injury to another person. Defense lawyers will attempt to blame the victims for the cause of the accident in an effort to avoid the enhanced charge. Similarly, insurance company lawyers will do whatever they can to place the blame for the accident on you to avoid paying your claim.
We conduct a thorough investigation into your accident and gather all the evidence necessary to present a sound case in support of your right to compensation. We know how to get to the truth of the matter and make sure that your legal rights are protected in an accident that was not your fault.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and deaths on the road in the US. When you’re the victim of a drunk driving collision, you want help and answers. We can answer any of your questions, but below are some of the most common ones we get.
What Damages Can I Recover After A Drunk Driving Accident?
As a victim of a motor vehicle accident, you may pursue the other driver for such damages as:
- Lost wages
- Hospital bills
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Some of these items are easy to calculate, but others, such as pain and suffering, are more subjective. This is why a skilled attorney should be with you to pursue the necessary results.
How Is Fault Determined When A Driver Is Suspected Of Drunk Driving?
If a driver operates their vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than .08%, the state will pursue them for drunk driving charges. These charges will weigh heavily in the calculation of fault in the personal injury claim.
How Common Are Drunk Driving Accidents In South Dakota?
In the first five months of 2022, drunk driving accidents made up 3.2% total 132 accidents in South Dakota. However, as of 2019, drunk driving accidents made up more than a quarter of fatal car accidents. So while there may not be as many drunk driving accidents as there are accidents from driving too fast or hitting an animal, drunk driving accidents are disproportionately deadly.
How Does A Drunk Driving Case Differ From A Car Accident Case With Another Cause?
It primarily differs in that the other driver faces criminal liability on top of the civil liability. In the case of a comparative fault matter, the driver’s state of intoxication plays an important part in any calculation of fault. Even if you were partially at fault, the other driver was criminally negligent, and that can make a difference.
Talk To An Attorney About Your Drunk Driving Accident Claim
If you were a victim of an accident involving a drunk driver, do not wait to have your case reviewed by an attorney. We offer a free consultation to all new clients. You can reach our Sioux Falls office by phone at 605-937-8371 or online to schedule an appointment.