Lance D. Youd is an experienced Oregon drunk driving accident injury lawyer. If you or your family member was severely injured in a crash with a drunk driver or a drugged driver, we are here to help. To set up a free, no obligation consultation with a top-rated DUI accident injury attorney, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
Drunk Drivers Cause a Disproportionate Share of Catastrophic Collisions
Sadly, intoxicated driving remains a serious problem on our roadways. Drunk drivers and drugged drivers are responsible for a significant share of catastrophic and deadly automobile accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately 10,000 people are killed in DUI accidents in the United States each year.
What to Know About DUI Accident Claims in Oregon
Oregon is an at-fault accident state. The party that caused a crash through negligence—unsafe actions or inactions—will be held liable for the damages. Drunk driving and drugged driving are both examples of negligence. Intoxicated driving is also a criminal violation. A drunk driver that causes a crash may be arrested and charged with a serious criminal offense. That being said, the criminal case will not get you the compensation that you deserve—at least not directly. Injured DUI accident victims need to bring a separate, civil legal claim against the driver.
We Help DUI Accident Victims Get Justice and Full Financial Compensation
Drunk driving accident victims need financial support. In Oregon, DUI accident victims can seek compensation for economic and intangible losses. Yet, even in these serious accident claims, insurance companies still fight aggressively to limit payouts. Our Oregon car accident attorney can help you recover the full financial support you deserve. DUI accident victims may be entitled to compensation for:
- Motor vehicle repairs/replacement;
- Emergency medical bills;
- Other health care expenses;
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering & mental distress;
- Long-term disability or disfigurement; and
- Wrongful death.
While personal injury damages are generally designed to be purely compensatory in nature in Oregon, a DUI accident may be an exception. DUI accident victims may be entitled to additional compensation for punitive damages. An attorney will help you maximize your recovery. If you have questions about punitive damages, our Salem DUI accident lawyer can help.
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