Drunk Driving Accidents

Birmingham DUI Accident Attorneys

Driver Impairment in Alabama

A driver’s capacity to operate a vehicle safely can be impaired by many factors. Motor skills may be weakened or diminished by alcohol or drug use, or because of sleep deprivation.

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.

Winning Substantial Settlements and Verdict Awards for Our Clients

Through the decades, we have relentlessly pursued and won substantial settlements or verdict awards for our clients who have suffered serious trauma or catastrophic injuries in auto accidents, including bodily harm from:

  • Neck Injuries – Soft Tissue Injuries, Cervical Spine Injuries, Paralysis
  • Internal Organ Damage – Ruptured Spleen, Liver Lacerations, Collapsed Lungs
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries – Concussion, Open Head Injuries, Cognitive Impairment
  • Back Injuries – Disc Ruptures, Disc Herniation, Back Strain, Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Amputation and Broken Bones – Skull Fractures, Fractures of the Hip, Shoulder, Knee, Arm or Legs. Loss of a body part due to accident injury.

Wrongful Deaths Due to Drunk Drivers Negligence

Nothing is more painful than to lose a spouse, child or loved one in violent car crash. Grief and anger are greatly magnified when the loss of a loved one is due to the wrongful or negligent acts of an impaired driver.

One third of the 22,969 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2009 were caused by alcohol-impaired drivers. Among the drunk drivers who died in these accidents and were tested for drugs, one out of every three tested positive for illicit drugs.

If a drug-impaired or drunk driver is responsible for the death of your family member, you may bring a lawsuit against the driver to punish him and to deter him from ever harming another human being again in this manner. A drunk driving accident attorney at Wininger Law Firm will seek punitive damages against the defendant on your behalf. The amount of money demanded will be directly in line with the amount of wrongdoing on his part.

Alabama DUI and Dram Shop Liability Laws

Even in a drunk driving case where liability is clear, many obstacles must be overcome and proper steps followed to receive a favorable settlement or verdict at trial. Using their extensive knowledge of Alabama DUI and Dram Shop Liability Laws, the Birmingham DUI accident lawyers at Wininger Law Firm will explore all legal avenues available to them to obtain just compensation for their clients, including:

    • Investigating whether a restaurant, bar or liquor store or other establishment violated Alabama’s dram shop or liquor liability laws by serving or selling alcohol to an inebriated or underage patron
    • The use of top forensics experts, including pharmacologists, toxicologists or analytical chemists and other medical or scientific experts to substantiate your claims for damages
    • The tracking of the impaired driver’s DUI criminal prosecution case to corroborate your injury or wrongful death claim

Uninsured or Underinsured Drivers

We often find that a great majority of impaired drivers lack auto insurance altogether, or carry minimum liability coverage, which is inadequate to compensate you for your bodily injuries or property damage.

If you are injured by an uninsured or underinsured motorist, we will negotiate with your own auto insurer to “stack” or add together, your uninsured/underinsured motorists policies from each vehicle in your household to help defray medical expenses and other damages sustained in the accident.

If you are injured, or a loved one has lost his life in a drunk-driving collision, the Birmingham DUI accident lawyers at Wininger Law Firm will take swift and decisive action to see that an impaired driver is called before the law to answer for the harm they have caused. Call us today at 205.322.3663 to discuss your DUI injury or wrongful death case.