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Danbury Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

In the words of Garrett Eucalitto, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner, “Connecticut has a drunk driving problem.” When someone drives under the influence they inherently endanger everyone they encounter. The risks associated with drunk driving are a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents annually.

Connecticut law affords victims of an alcohol-related car accident an avenue toward justice and financial compensation following what typically is a complex legal and horrific physical experience.

Dealing with the residual effects associated with a drunk driving case is, more often than not, a paralyzing endeavor. But a Danbury drunk driving accident lawyer from The Flood Law Firm can help you recover the compensation you need to treat your injuries and regain as much of your life as possible.

The Drunk Driving Laws in CT

Best Law Firm 2023In every state in the country, it is illegal to drive while intoxicated—with the exception of Utah, a driver is considered intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above 0.08 percent.

Utah’s limit is 0.05 percent. Some states, including Connecticut, impose a lower standard for drivers age 21 or younger (Connecticut’s is 0.02 percent), and nationally, commercial truck drivers have a standard maximum of 0.04 percent. The bottom line is that drunk driving is a crime.

How Alcohol Impairs Drivers

Sober means NO alcohol. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, and consuming alcohol changes behavior.

Government sources tell us that alcohol:

  • Impacts judgment and cognitive function
  • Slows reaction time
  • Causes impaired vision
  • Reduces the brain’s ability to distinguish colors

How quickly we metabolize our alcohol intake depends on the amount of alcohol consumed, how many drinks we have in a given period, our age and weight, and whether or not there is food in our system.

Connecticut is an at-fault state, meaning you can hold the person at fault for the accident financially liable for any injuries and damages resulting from their wrongdoing.

The Danbury drunk driving accident lawyers at The Flood Law Firm will do whatever it takes to find justice for those victims of a drunk driving accident. Having legal counsel after an injury-causing accident can reduce a family’s stress level and help them focus on the healing process.

Drunk Driving Statistics (And Other Sobering Facts)

  • Data from one recent year shows 40 percent of Connecticut’s traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver
  •  Connecticut has the third-highest percentage of roadway fatalities due to drunk drivers in the U.S
  •  Connecticut is one of only nine states that allow open containers of alcohol in moving vehicles.

National Statistics reported by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) illustrate the magnitude of the problem.

  • A drunk driving accident injures a person every 90 seconds
  • Every day 32 people die in drunk driving crashes
  • Drunk driving will affect two out of three people

What You Need After a Drunk Driving Accident

Super Lawyers Top 50 Connecticut Lawyer AwardThe window of opportunity (statute of limitations) to pursue justice after a car accident begins to close at the moment of impact. From this point forward, timing is everything.

Accident victims need to know:

  • Their legal options
  • If they have legal responsibilities
  • What is needed to begin action
  • What level of compensation is possible
  • What can they do to improve the chance for maximum recovery

Recovering Damages in a Drunk Driving Accident Case in Danbury

A drunk driving case has a lot of moving parts. Criminal actions and civil actions are distinctly separate aspects of the law. Criminal courts prosecute and punish wrongdoings, and civil actions provide financial recoveries for crime victims.

If for no reason other than closure and curiosity, injury victims will want to know the legal outcome in the defendant’s criminal case.

From a legal standpoint, after a DUI conviction, we can use the evidence in that criminal case as evidence in your civil claim.

While there are no guarantees in any aspect of the law, certain facts may affect a victim’s monetary compensation:

Some additional factors that can influence the level of compensation in a civil drunk driving case include:

  • The severity of the victim’s injuries
  • The cost of medical treatments
  • The type of accident
  • How the accident impacts the victim’s family

Common Injuries From Drunk Driving Accidents in Danbury

Danbury Drunk Driving Accident LawyerAn impaired driver is less likely to be able to take any evasive actions in the moments before a crash than a sober one. They may have a distorted vision, their depth perception is off, and their reaction time is not what it should be.

As a result, victims that survive the collision may suffer catastrophic:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and/or paralysis
  • Amputations
  • Severe crush injuries and internal organ damage
  • Burns

The collateral damage and consequences from these injuries can last a lifetime, profoundly affect daily living, and leave a family with insurmountable financial problems.

The Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Nerve damage
  • Coma
  • Loss of communication skills
  • Permanent changes in behavior and personality
  • An increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s Disease

The Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis

  • Limited or loss of mobility
  • Sensory impairment
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Respiratory issues

The Consequences of a Traumatic Amputation

  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Limited dexterity, mobility, and range of motion
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Low self-esteem

The Consequences of Internal Organ Damage

  • Severe blood loss
  • Shock
  • Abdominal aorta aneurysm
  • Pneumothorax

The Consequences of Severe Burns

  • Loss of a limb
  • Loss of mobility
  • Sepsis
  • Permanent disfigurement

Possible Compensation for Danbury Drunk Driving Accident Injuries

Danbury residents can legally pursue compensation for injuries and economic losses suffered in a drunk driving accident.

The legal team at The Flood Law Firm leverages their decades of combined experience and has recovered tens of millions of dollars for their clients.

We take a close look at all the pertinent evidence, and then we take action to help ensure our struggling families will have the resources to cover the costs of all past, current, and projected expenses for medical care.

These can include:

  • First responder services
  • Emergency room treatment
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Radiology services
  • Physician and surgeons fees
  • Hospital charges
  • The costs of rehabilitation
  • The costs of physical and occupational therapy
  • Mental health services
  • In-home nursing care
  • Medications and adaptive equipment

We take a client’s loss of income very seriously. A full and fair compensation package is much more than the days missed from work because of the accident.

In addition to actual documented lost income, we look at:

  • Projected lost income until full recovery
  • The possibility of not being able to return to one’s chosen profession
  • The possible need for job retraining
  • The loss of any corporate-sponsored financial benefits, such as health and life insurance, childcare, a company car, and profit-sharing plans
  • The monetary value of lost sick days and vacation days
  • Missed opportunities such as promotions, raises, bonuses, and commissions

We take into consideration the expected cost of:

  • Modifications to the family home to accommodate a disability
  • The cost of transportation to treatments
  • The need to purchase support services such as cleaning, cooking, childcare, and home maintenance

There are consequences of a drunk driving accident that have no definitive monetary cost. A strong, dedicated legal team understands the importance of telling an accident victim’s story, including illustrating the devastation of losing any joy in living, the heartbreak of not being able to play with your children, the embarrassment of a disability or disfigurement, and the feeling of self-imposed social isolation.

Following any catastrophic personal injury, the losses extend beyond the physical and tangible. Anxiety, fear, and depression are real; they are an expected consequence of pain and suffering and are compensable. When another’s negligent and irresponsible actions reduce a person’s quality of life, they should be held financially responsible.

At The Flood Law Firm, our attorneys deeply dive into all aspects of each drunk driving case. Why? Because an accident victim will never get what they don’t ask for. We go the extra mile, and we leave no stone unturned.

Who Can You Hold Liable in a Danbury Drunk Driving Accident?

An accident victim can initiate a personal injury claim against any person or entity whose wrongdoing caused harm.

In addition to the intoxicated driver, this can include:

  • A business owner, if the drunk driver was in a corporate car or on company business
  • If the impaired driver is a commercial truck driver, their fleet owner
  • The bartender who served an obviously impaired patron another drink
  • A liquor licensee for allowing an inebriated patron to continue to drink
  • A social host who allowed an intoxicated guest to drive home

What Can a Danbury Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Do for You?

So what does a drunk driving accident victim need to receive a full and fair financial settlement? Clear evidence of liability and a compelling list of well-documented supporting evidence.

A thorough investigation begins with a request for the preservation of evidence. Accident scenes are cleared away quickly, especially in urban areas. Surveillance camera footage and video recordings are overwritten regularly,

Eyewitnesses may just be passing through the area, and memories fade over time. The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner they can protect valuable evidence and make it available for review.

The Flood Law Firm is a well-recognized and well-established personal injury firm in Danbury and the surrounding areas. We have established professional ties in the community and can leverage our connections to access accident reconstructionists and expert witnesses to develop and validate a claim for maximum reimbursement.

Brian M. Flood

Danbury Drunk Driving Lawyer, Brian Flood

We protect our client’s legal rights. We are in constant communication with our injured families and pride ourselves in open and honest communication. We explain the importance of not giving any recorded statements to an insurance company and how and why discussing the case on any social media platform can damage their case.

We complete all necessary administrative requirements on time. Sometimes we can pursue multiple sources of compensation in a drunk driving accident case—our experienced lawyers know what policies to look for and how each may benefit you.

If personal health insurance or auto insurance coverage covers the initial expenses, our firm can help the accident victim deal with the subrogation process. Insurance negotiations can be confusing, controversial, and time-consuming. Personal injury lawyers are trained negotiators.

We waste no time in letting the claims adjusters and insurance carriers know we will not accept an offer that does not offer a fair and just settlement in light of the injuries. Although, the decision to settle or go to trial will always be the client’s choice. We have a frame of reference that can give an accident victim the upper hand. One of the greatest compliments a law firm can receive is a referral from another law firm.

At The Flood Law Firm, we work together as a team, with each other, and with our valued clients. We profess hard work, dedication, and professionalism. Give our Danbury personal injury lawyers a call at (203) 448-2631 for your free case evaluation. We are here to protect your rights as together we pursue justice for your injuries.

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The Flood Law Firm – Danbury Office

1 Moss Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
P: (203) 448-2631

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