Philadelphia DUI Accident Attorney
An arrest for driving under the influence can be one of the most frightening and humbling experiences of a driver’s life. Unfortunately, the reality is that we live in a world that glamorizes alcohol consumption.
In the Philadelphia area especially, the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are hefty, especially if it resulted in an auto accident. Ever-changing rules about DUI are designed to punish the perpetrators in such a way that it will serve as a warning to others not to make the same error in judgement. That means for DUI convictions, Philly residents face increased jail time, costs, and long-term impacts.
We’re On Your Side
Of course, no one wants to see injury or death from negligent driving – especially when hiring a taxi, riding with a designated driver, or simply not drinking can prevent it. However, our legal team knows that these cases are never black and white, and there is always another side to the story. When you sign on with a Philadelphia DUI accident lawyer, you’re at the receiving end of fair, equal, and sensitive representation.
We’ve spent years fighting for people charged in DUI accidents, both from alcohol and drugs (illegal and prescription). We never throw in the towel, no matter how incriminating evidence against our clients might be. We aren’t afraid to choose a side – your side – and will give you the strong, confident representation you need to argue or ease the charges held against you.
Our Areas of Expertise
Ciccarelli Law Offices has been the legal group of choice to Chester County DUI individuals for years, giving us a wide array of experience in the subject. We have a firm understanding of local law, and stay on top of new or changed DUI laws.
We take each case with our client’s best interest in mind. We put your best foot forward, no matter what your situation is, and we believe in your right to a fair and honest trial. At Ciccarelli, we guarantee straightforward, sincere support and are always optimistic about the outcome of DUI accident cases – major or minor.
DUI Accidents Are Common
There is no question that drunk driving is incredibly dangerous and a major hazard for those in and around Philadelphia. During the latest reporting year of data available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 9,811 alcohol-related crashes. Out of those incidents, 311 people died, and more than 6,000 were injured. Recognizing signs of alcohol impairment can help prevent some accidents, but you also need to know where to turn if you are struck by an impaired driver.
Signs of a Driver’s Impairment
Some of the most common signs that a driver may be impaired include the following:
- Drifting, swerving, or weaving on the roadway
- Tailgating other vehicles on the road
- Erratic braking behavior
- Reacting slowly to traffic signals
- Accelerating or slowing down quickly
- Driving slowly
- Failing to turn on headlights at night
- Making wide turns
If you suspect a driver near you is impaired, you should report the incident. Even if you are not in danger, your report could save others on the roadway. Call 911 and give the police a description of the vehicle as well as the license plate number if you were able to get it.
Injuries and Losses in Drunk Driving Crashes
Injuries from drunk driving incidents can be severe. In many cases, these accidents happen after an impaired driver strikes another vehicle at higher speeds. It is not uncommon to see the following injuries after a Philadelphia drunk driving accident:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Possible amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries (possible paralysis)
- Whiplash injuries
These injuries can lead to a victim requiring extensive medical care in order to make a recovery. A drunk driving accident victim is likely to incur major medical bills. This includes initial emergency medical bills as well as any ongoing physical therapy and rehabilitation expenses. Victims will also likely incur expenses for medical devices and prescription medications.
Aside from medical expenses, drunk driving accident victims often lose income if they cannot work while they recover. If they are disabled due to their injuries, a victim’s ability to earn an income and support their family may be jeopardized.
Finally, drunk driving accident victims often sustain tremendous pain and suffering damages. They may no longer be able to enjoy daily activities and may not be able to spend or enjoy quality time with their loved ones. Many drunk driving accident victims experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that can affect their entire lives.
What are my Legal Options?
Your first step in these accidents will be to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier. However, for many drunk driving accident injuries, insurance requirements for Pennsylvania may not be sufficient. If the impaired driver’s insurance carrier does not offer a fair compensation amount, or if your expenses rise above the insurance policy limits, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit.
A Philadelphia drunk driving accident attorney from the Ciccarelli Law Offices will work with you through every aspect of your case. If the at-fault driver has been charged with or convicted of DUI for the incident, the insurance company may want to avoid a jury trial and offer a settlement that covers all of your expenses.
How our DUI Accident Lawyers Can Help
Together, our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers have more than 50 years of experience in DUI law. We provide the efficient, error-free defense you need to stand a chance in a court of law after you’ve been involved in a DUI accident. Nobody wants to be under-prepared when the blame is being placed on his or her shoulders, especially if someone was injured or killed in the accident. Let Ciccarelli Law Offices fight in your corner and improve your chances of fighting back. Our knowledgeable and experienced Philly accident attorneys are ready to get to work on your behalf. We will investigate every aspect of your claim, work to prove liability, and secure the compensation you are entitled to.
When you need a Philadelphia drunk driving accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling (215) 228-0100.