Drunk Driving Accidents in Queen Anne’s County
Even the most experienced and careful driver can be involved in a car accident; but when the accident is caused by a drunk driver, the injuries are often catastrophic. Our Queen Anne’s County car accident lawyers are committed to helping victims of drunk driving accidents recover the maximum compensation available under the law.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 10,000 people lose their lives and close to 300,000 are injured in drunk driving wrecks in the United States every year. This translates to an average of 27 people a day, or one person per hour killed by an impaired driver. In Maryland alone, an average of 175 people are fatally injured and over 4,000 are injured in drunk driving car accidents each year, which averages approximately 15 lives lost to drunk drivers every month.
At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, our legal team work diligently to ensure that those who have been injured or suffered the wrongful death of a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver receive the justice and compensation they deserve. Maryland laws are tough on drunk drivers, and our lawyers use their experience and knowledge of these laws to advocate for those who have been harmed because of reckless driving and negligence.
Maryland DUI Laws
Under Maryland law, anyone with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher is considered legally impaired. However, the percentage is lower for some drivers. A driver under the age of 21 with a BAC of 0.02 percent or higher is impaired; and commercial drivers with a BAC of 0.04 percent or higher are in violation of the law for driving under the influence.
Penalties can be severe for drunk drivers. Depending upon how many times a driver has been convicted of driving under the influence, penalties can include loss of driving privileges, stiff fines, jail time, probation, and restitution. We work to see that the drunk driver responsible for an accident resulting in injuries is held accountable under the law. We also work to ensure that victims’ rights are protected as we pursue restitution for their injuries or loss of a loved one.
Impact of Drunk Driving Accidents
Injuries sustained in a drunk driving wreck are often severe – requiring surgery, extended hospital stays, and physical rehabilitation as well as ongoing medical intervention. Injuries that result in lifelong disabilities can be compounded by lost wages for victims who are unable to return to work. When a drunk driving accident results in the loss of a spouse, parent, or child, the impact can be devastating on the emotional and financial health of those affected. Compensation for injury-related medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning potential, and other damages can help victims focus on recovering from their tragedy without the added burden of worrying about finances.
At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, we work tirelessly when negotiating with the drunk driver’s insurance company to recover compensation. We are also prepared for aggressive representation in court to claim the maximum benefits available. As medical bills or financial problems accumulate following the drunk driving accident, our lawyers fight to help injured victims receive the medical treatments they need while protecting their family’s financial well-being.
Third Party Claims
Unlike some other states, Maryland currently does not have dram shop liability laws. These laws are designed to deter individuals and establishments from continuing to serve alcohol to a person who is obviously intoxicated by holding the party liable for damages if that person causes a drunk driving accident. There are some instances, however, that may give rise to a third-party claim. These types of claims may increase the amount of compensation available to accident victims. An experienced and reputable personal injury lawyer will know the best options for pursuing compensation from those who may have contributed to the drunk driving accident.
Queen Anne’s County Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight to Recover Maximum Compensation for Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk drivers endanger everyone on the road, and injure or take the lives of innocent victims every day in the United States. At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, we are staunch advocates for victims of drunk driving accidents. We work hard to recover the maximum amount of compensation available for every case we take. Call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529), or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer in Queen Anne’s County.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, which includes the towns of Barclay, Centreville, Church Hill, Millington, Queen Anne, Queenstown, Sudlersville, and Templeville.