Drunk driving accidents are all too common in Alabama. Even though a conviction on drunk driving carries increasingly heavy penalties, the law does not deter people. Drunk driving cases are both criminal and civil cases. Accident victims are often dealing with serious, permanent injuries and in many cases, the accidents are fatal. Cases like these require an experienced law firm that has the resources and knowledge to protect the rights of their clients in both civil and criminal cases in a timely, efficient and aggressive fashion. The attorneys at the Law Office of Wettermark & Keith, LLC., are known for their ethical, determined and skillful representation of clients injured in serious accidents caused by negligence or drunk driving.
In Alabama and all 50 states in the United States and Puerto Rico there are two statutory offenses to driving under the influence of alcohol. The first (and orignial) offense is known either as driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated/impaired (DWI), or operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated/impaired (OWI). This is based upon a police officer’s observations (driving behavior, slurred speech, the results of a roadside sobriety test, etc.).
The second offense is called “illegal per se”, which is driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 g/dl or higher. Since 2002 it has been illegal in all 50 states to drive with a BAC that is 0.08 or higher. Drivers are considered to be alcohol impaired when their BAC is .08 or higher.
Driver impairment is a serious problem in Alabama. In 2009, approximately one-third of the 848 traffic deaths in the state were caused by impaired drivers. Although Alabama laws are increasingly strict and enforcement has stepped up, many individuals continue to cause great suffering due to their reckless acts.
Driving while intoxicated can be caused by many factors. The most common type of intoxication is caused by consumption of alcohol. However, drivers often become intoxicated through prescription and illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack and other substances. Intoxication by any means can cause terrible accidents and injuries.
If you were hit by a drunk driver, it is extremely important to have an attorney evaluate your claim at the earliest opportunity, while evidence is still available and witnesses can be located. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be entitled to a number of claims for medical expenses, pain and distress, loss of income and other losses. The experienced team of Birmingham drunk driving accident lawyers at the law office of Wettermark & Keith, LLC., help victims in Alabama and throughout the United States. Our team has many years of experience in proving claims against drunk drivers. Our attorneys will work to protect your legal rights and aggressively pursue compensation of your behalf. Contact us today at (334) 284-0014 for a free case evaluation.
No case is too big and no case is too small for the Alabama drunk driving accident attorneys at Wettermark & Keith, LLC. Our top attorneys represent each and every client with the utmost respect, compassion, and employ the thorough legal expertise needed to make their case a success. We realize that this is likely a difficult situation for you and possibly your family and are here for you.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person in a drunk driving accident, contact our top auto accident lawyers today. Together we can seek a financial compensation figure that meets your needs as a victim and can continue to provide for you, long after this ordeal is over. If you wish to speak to us directly, feel free to call one of our three branches. Birmingham Office 205.933.9500, Huntsville Office 256.536.8010, Montgomery Office 334.284.0014. Call us today for a free case evaluation.