An experienced personal injury attorney who concentrates on DWI cases and car accidents can help you during a confusing and difficult time. The Pfeifer Law Firm represents injured people and their family members in wrongful death cases and we fight for families who have been wronged by the gross negligence of another person. Call us today to speak with an attorney who has experience in DWI cases and knows how to negotiate with insurance companies. It is important to protect your rights. Call the Pfeifer Law Firm at 501.374.4440 for a free consultation. Weekend and after-hours consultations are available by appointment. The consultation is free, and you don't pay us anything unless we recover money for you.
DWI, known as driving while intoxicated, or DUI, known as driving under the influence, encompasses many different substances, not just alcohol. Alcohol intoxication is the most common, but a driver is also considered under the influence if he or she has used prescription or illegal drugs and gets behind the wheel of a car or truck. Driving while intoxicated or under the influence causes an estimated one-third of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States.
According to medical professionals, to have a blood alcohol level of .08, a male weighing 170 pounds would have to consume four standard alcoholic drinks in one hour with no food in their stomach. A female weighing 140 pounds would have to consume three alcoholic drinks in one hour. A driver of a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 is 11 times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than a driver who did not consume alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, beer is rated the most common alcoholic beverage involved in fatal crashes and DUI arrests.
If you have been injured in a car wreck, seek medical attention immediately. Go to the emergency room or your family doctor. The most important thing you can do is to take care of yourself and seek the appropriate medical treatment for your injuries. At the scene it is very important that you write down all the names and phone numbers of all witnesses. Give the information to the police officer, but keep a copy of the witness information for yourself. If a witness cannot stay, ask to take down their name and phone number before they leave. Take down the other driver’s insurance information. You should write down as much information as possible about the accident scene, the details of how the accident happened, road conditions, etc. You should seek legal advice before giving a recorded statement to anyone. The insurance company can use this statement against you later in the case to damage your credibility and lessen your damages. Many times the full extent of the injuries is not known until much later. Insurance companies will try to use recorded statements taken soon after the accident to undercut or limit the damages that injured accident victims are entitled.
If you need representation after being involved in a drunk driving car accident, call the Pfeifer Law Firm. We are here to assist you in any way we can. You are entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and any other damages you incurred as a result of the accident. Also, if an intoxicated driver causes the wreck, punitive damages to punish the at-fault driver can also be paid to the injured victim. Most cases are based on a contingency fee, so you won’t pay any legal fees unless we recover for you. It is in your best interest to have an experienced DWI car accident attorney on your side. You are new to this experience, but the insurance company for the drunk driver handles these types of claims every day and knows exactly how to discredit your story and minimize your damages. We are here to help protect your rights and obtain just compensation for your injuries.
Call an experienced DWI attorney today at the Pfeifer Law Firm, 501.374.4440. Consultations after hours and on weekends are available by appointment. The consultation is free, and you don't owe us any money unless we recover for you.