Personal Injury Attorney for Drunk Driving Accident Injuries
Serving Residents of Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield, and throughout Massachusetts
One person dies every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States (resulting in over 10,000 deaths per year).1 Sadly, in addition to tragic fatalities, drunk drivers also cause thousands of accidents and injuries that leave individuals and their families facing lifelong consequences, including traumatic suffering and exorbitant medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a drunk driver in Massachusetts, it is critical to retain an experienced and tenacious drunk driving injury lawyer to investigate your case thoroughly. Further, it is vital to secure representation as soon as possible, as it can be crucial to begin an investigation immediately to ensure that evidence is not lost, memories do not fade, and witnesses can still be contacted.
$1,000,000 Settlement of Dram Shop Claim
On the evening of February 25, 2019, a local pizza restaurant’s intoxicated customer lost control of his car and struck our client’s car in a head-on collision. Our client was a 32 year old female retail clerk who was innocently driving home from work. Our client sustained catastrophic life-changing injuries.
As drunk driving injury attorneys, we represent client on a contingency fee basis, meaning that individuals do not have to come out-of-pocket for legal fees in order get started with the process for seeking compensation. We also advance all litigation expenses while litigation is ongoing.
At Alekman DiTusa, we have over 90 years of combined experience in successfully handling injury and wrongful death cases, including crashes caused by drunk drivers. We provide those injured and the families who have lost a loved one with aggressive and zealous representation in seeking full compensation and to hold responsible all of those who are liable.
Call us today at (413) 781-0000 to schedule a free consultation and to learn how we can help!
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Drunk Driving Injuries?
In Massachusetts, intoxicated drivers are not the only parties who can be held liable. Homeowners can be responsible for overserving a guest, which is considered a violation of their social host responsibilities. Additionally, bars, restaurants, and other establishments that sell liquor can also be held liable for damages under dram shop laws for serving too many drinks to a patron.
Massachusetts Dram Shop Liability
Dram shop liability refers to the potential liability of bars, restaurants, and other establishments at which alcohol is served for the crashes caused by drunk patrons. Establishments are not simply liable for a crash solely because they served alcohol to a patron. Instead, in order to be legally liable, the establishment must have overserved a patron, or they must have continued to serve alcohol to a patron after the patron was already intoxicated.
Whether an establishment did overserve a patron is a question of fact. How much alcohol was actually served to the patron at the establishment? Did it appear that the patron was drunk?
We will want to interview as soon as possible all those who may have been drinking with the drunk driver driving in the time immediately preceding the crash. We will also want to interview others that may have knowledge about this time period, particularly including servers who provided alcohol to the drunk driver.
It is also particularly important in a drunk driving crash case to see what video might exist of the drunk driver at an establishment before the crash. Does any video show how much the driver drank? Was the person staggering when they were walking?
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, or if your family has lost a loved one as the result of a collision with a drunk driver, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible so that we can get started investigating your case before witness memories fade, or video is lost.
What Is the Legal Alcohol Limit in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, an individual is presumed to be operating under the influence of alcohol if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is greater than 0.08. However, it may be possible for a driver with a BAC below the limit to be dangerously impaired, especially if they have taken drugs or prescriptions with alcohol. For vehicle operators under the age of 21, a BAC over 0.02 will result in an arrest and potential liability if a collision occurs.
How Much Money Can I Collect for My Drunk Driving Accident Injuries?
Those injured by drunk drivers are entitled to collect full compensation from all damages received, including past, present, and future damages. Often, these damages include:
- Medical Expenses
- Rehabilitation Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Agony, Pain, and Suffering
- Lessened Quality of Life
- Vehicle Damages
In the case of a death, certain family members are entitled to recover for the loss of their loved one. Such damages can include those for funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, loss of consortium, and loss of companionship. Once we know more about your case, we can provide information with the types of compensation that will apply in your case.
What Kinds of Injuries Are Caused by Drunk Driving Accidents?
Victims of drunk driving accidents can sustain significant injuries that can persist for the rest of their lives. We represent individuals suffering from all kinds of injuries, such as:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Head Trauma
- Brain Bleeds or Swelling
- Broken Bones
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Severe Cuts and Lacerations
- Soft-Tissue Injuries
- Associated Pain and Suffering
Is It Easy to Win a Drunk Driving Case in Massachusetts?
It can be more challenging to win a drunk driving case than most individuals appreciate, especially in Massachusetts.
Refusal to take a breath test in Massachusetts leads to a brief license suspension. Still, drivers can often circumvent breath or blood testing altogether if police cannot quickly obtain a warrant. If BAC test results are not available, it also can be challenging to prove that a person was driving while intoxicated.
We have years of experience in proving the cases of clients injured by drunk drivers, and in holding bars and other establishments liable.
Don’t Settle with An Insurance Company Without Speaking with An Alekman DiTusa Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer First!
At Alekman DiTusa, we work tirelessly to seeking to obtain full compensation for injured clients.
We invite you to contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can listen to your story and learn about your injuries and help determine the appropriate value of your case. Further, we can handle communications with at-fault drivers and insurance carriers so that your rights are not violated.
How Can We Help?
Please call us at 413.781.0000 or fill out this form.