When a drunk or drugged driver gets behind the wheel, they put everyone
else on the road in serious danger. Nowadays there are far too many alternatives
to drinking a driving for this damaging issue to be as common as it is.
Between rideshare options and the vast number of studies marketed to teach
people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, there really is
no excuse. Unfortunately, drivers continue to drive while drunk or drugged,
and innocent pedestrians, drivers, and passengers pay the price.
Like any other accident, a drunk driving accident can cause a number of
injuries, from minor scratches to fatal wounds. However, crashes involving
intoxicated drivers tend to be particularly traumatic because the driver
is often very unaware of his or her high speed or reckless behavior. DUI
crashes are often high-impact and therefore very dangerous. Drunk drivers
may cross into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision, rear-end
unsuspecting drivers, swipe vehicles in neighboring lanes, or strike pedestrians,
bicyclists, or motorcyclists. In any case, these types of accidents can
lead to severe injuries.
Brain and head injuries are some of the most common types of injuries sustained
in car accidents. A sudden stop or impact could cause drivers or passengers
to strike the dashboard, windows, doors, or other harmful objects, resulting
in concussions or traumatic brain injuries. In very severe cases, the
impact could cause skull fractures or damage to major blood vessels in
the brain, which could lead to internal bleeding.
Spinal injuries to the back and neck are also very typical in car crashes.
Whiplash injuries are perhaps the most common type of damage caused by
crashes and can result in many serious side-effects. Whiplash victims
often experience pain in the head and neck, nausea, vertigo, confusion,
and other serious problems in relation to the head. Car accidents may
also cause damage to the spinal cord in the middle or lower back, which
can cause nerve damage or various types of paralysis.
DUI accidents may also cause serious wounds caused by a crash where the
car collides with another object or vehicle. This may result in serious
lacerations or open wounds, road-rash, contusions, and internal damage.
Car crashes can also lead to broken or fractured bones, as well as muscle
strains and sprains.
Any of these injuries can be extremely painful and difficult to recover
from, sometimes leading to time away from work, costly medical bills,
and maybe even future medical expenses. If your injury was extremely harmful
or caused permanent damage it is very likely you will require physical
therapy or future medical attention. For this reason, it is extremely
important that you receive compensation for your injuries.
If you were injured be a drunk or drugged driver, our firm can help. We
can investigate the circumstances of your crash and use our legal skills
to fight for justice and your right to fair compensation.
Contact The Warren Firm, PLLC
for help with your car accident injury in Charlottesville, Virginia.