Drunk Driving Accidents
At Briggs & Wholey, we pride ourselves in our dedication to helping individuals throughout Maine seek justice for their injuries caused by others. Our experienced personal injury attorneys understand that being in a car accident or other type of accident can wreak havoc on a person’s life and the lives of those close to them. Victims of drunk driving accidents especially can suffer from serious injuries or even death.
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident in Maine, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help Where the Criminal System Falls Short
When it comes to drunk driving, many people wrongly assume that criminal sanctions are the only recourse an injured person has against the drunk driver. In fact, the victim of a drunk driving accident—or the victim’s family, if the victim passed away—can file a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for damage to person and property. Thus, even if the drunk driver is not convicted, or even charged, of a criminal offense, the injured victim or the victim’s family can still pursue a civil claim for damages.
For most drivers in Maine, driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% is a crime. However, a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle may be impaired at a much lower BAC. All drivers owe a duty of reasonable care to those around them, including other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. If a driver cannot exercise this duty of reasonable care—regardless of BAC—he or she may be civilly liable to anyone and everyone he or she injures as a result.
Despite strict laws against drunk driving, the criminal system does not provide compensation to injured victims or surviving family members. That is where Maine personal injury law comes in. Under Maine law, drivers impaired by alcohol are negligent because they failed to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. Their negligence makes them liable for any injuries that result. If the accident resulted in death, the driver is liable to the victim’s surviving family members.Briggs & Wholey Has the Experience and Skill to Help You Recover From a Drunk Driving Accident
If you or a family member were injured by a drunk or impaired driver on a Maine roadway, our skilled car accident attorneys can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled by law. We have successfully represented many victims and families throughout Maine, and we will put our experience to work for you.
For over 25 years, we have been dedicated to helping individuals recover compensation for their injuries. At Briggs & Wholey, we give each client with individualized attention and believe that on the path to recovery, paying for medical treatment, covering lost wages, and other costs should not be one of your obstacles. We will work diligently to maximize your recovery and help you get back on your feet. For a free, confidential consultation, call us at (888) 596-1099 or contact us online.