According to the advocacy organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, there are over 300,000 incidents of drunk driving every 24 hours. Drunk driving is one of the top causes of all accidents and deaths in the United States. This raises a significant risk of potential injury or death.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous, because response time is slower, decision-making skills are impaired, as are most other cognitive processes. There is a high probability that impaired drivers will fall asleep behind the wheel. Impaired drivers are also much more likely to drive incorrectly and recklessly by swerving, drifting, driving too slow or too fast, or running stop signs or traffic lights.
This dramatically increases the chances that drunk drivers will get into traffic accidents. In America, about a third of all traffic deaths are caused by an impaired driver. And what’s worse, drunk drivers are negligent in risking more than just their own life when they choose to drive while intoxicated, and it is a terrible thing when other innocent individuals get hurt as a result of their poor decisions. Many people of all ages die every single year from drunk driving accidents.
All of these people that get injured or even killed as a result of drunk driving are someone’s mother or father, sister or brother, child or friend. We know just how difficult situations like these are and how devastating it can be if you are facing a family member’s severe injuries or even death.
We are dedicated to seeking justice for victims of such a life-altering crime. If you or a loved one has recently been hurt in a drunk driving accident, the Fort Smith drunk driving accident attorneys at McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm are prepared to help you hold the drunk driver in your situation financially accountable for injuring other innocent people.
Call us now at (479) 783-0036 or start a chat to reach out to us and get more information on how we can begin to build you a case and help you secure the justice you deserve.
Cases We Handle
Having a beer or a glass of wine while out at dinner may not seem like a big deal. But when one turns into several drinks and begins affecting the body in a more serious nature, a casual drink can turn into something potentially deadly, and many may not even notice the extent of their intoxication.
Many people view driving while under the influence of alcohol as not a big deal. They openly consume large amounts or binge drink, and still think they are sound enough to get behind the wheel and drive. The influence of alcohol can inhibit a number of important functions, such as vision, reaction time, and decision-making skills.
The presence of alcohol in the blood system of a driver can increase the likelihood of the following events:
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Drifting and swerving into another lane or oncoming traffic
- Colliding with another vehicle
- Colliding with pedestrians or bicyclists
- Damaging private or public property
Drunk driving is a serious offense that the Fort Smith drunk driving accidents attorneys at McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm believe should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. When it comes to those we love and care about, nothing is more important than getting justice for the wrongdoings of another individual who was being entirely reckless while operating a motor vehicle. If you were injured or lost a loved one due to the actions of a drunk driver, do not hesitate to seek legal action.
Why You Need a Lawyer
These cases can be very arduous to build, especially when it has caused a fatal accident. It would be difficult emotionally and physically for a victim or a victim’s family to try to put together a case on their own. A lawyer on the other hand, is a fervent yet separate party and will be able to handle the court proceedings both objectively and passionately.
Attorneys will also have the extensive knowledge and resources that a drunk driving case calls for. Attorneys, especially personal injury and drunk driving accident attorneys, know the law like the back of their hand. They know exactly what to say and how to build a winning case.
There are also often multiple parties who may have contributed to some drunk driving cases. These can include bars, bartenders, party hosts, or suppliers of alcohol to minors.
Why You Should Choose McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm to Represent You
At McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm, we are extremely well versed on drunk driving accident cases. We have been winning cases for 25 years now, and are confident we can provide satisfactory results for yours as well. In fact, if you do not succeed at winning your case, you do not pay us for our services.
Our lawyers believe that, as a citizen of the United States, you as a victim are entitled to the rights that secure justice for the pain and suffering you have been forced to go through, as a direct result of another person’s wrong doings.
We passionately work for our community and for the clients that reach out to us, because of injuries they’ve sustained or because of the death of someone close to them because of a drunk driver. We vow to do the same for you and your unique case and will not rest until we secure the highest compensation we possibly can for the devastating incident you have been through.
How You Can Be Safe Behind the Wheel
There are measures you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from potentially being a victim in a drunk driving accident, or even causing one yourself. Along with harming yourself and/or another human being, there are massive charges, fines and repercussions that come along with driving under the influence. Being responsible is crucial in stopping accidental or simply careless drunk driving.
When drinking anywhere other than your home or where you want to end up for the night, find a safe, coherent ride home when you are done for the night. If you cannot find someone willing to do so, or your designated driver does not stay sober, do not take matters into your own hands. Call an Uber, Lyft, taxi, or another rideshare option of your choice. If you see someone attempting to leave a bar or party while intoxicated, make sure they are not going to drive. Take their keys, call them a ride, or drive them yourself if you are sober.
While driving, especially late at night, on holidays, or during the weekends, make sure you are always alert and aware of everything and everyone around you. Slow down at yellow lights, wait a moment and look both ways before proceeding at a green light, and always wear a seatbelt while in a vehicle.
If you notice someone seems they might be intoxicated and is driving noticeably slower, swerving, drifting, and running through stop signs or lights, give them a wide berth and call 911 to report it to the police.
Contact a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Fort Smith Today
Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients and their families when they have been injured by drunk drivers. If you or someone you know suffered from a drunk driving accident, please contact the Fort Smith drunk driving accident lawyers at McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm today. Call (479) 783-0036 to discuss your situation with a member of our legal team.
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