Intoxicated drivers seriously injure or take the lives of innocent people on the roadways every day. The aftermath of a drunk driving accident can forever alter the life of a victim, as well as their survivors. Your DUI accident attorney at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton in Utah can handle all aspects of your case, allowing you to focus on recovery. Serving accident victims since 1993, our personal injury firm can fight tirelessly on your behalf, helping to ensure you secure maximum compensation for all of the losses connected to your accident.
Serious Injuries Caused by Drunk Driving Accidents
Nearly 30 Americans lose their lives each day in drunk driving accidents. For those who do survive, they may face years, if not a lifetime, of health complications. Victims of drunk driving accidents often sustain:
- Multiple fractures
- Loss of limbs
- Head or brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Chest injuries
- Third and fourth degree burns
Treating such injuries can require extensive and expensive medical treatment. This can add up to a considerable financial burden for victims and their families. A DUI attorney can secure the money you need to offset ongoing health care costs.
Pursing At-Fault Parties
Drunk driving accident victims may pursue a lawsuit against the driver, or a commercial driver’s employer. Victims may also file a lawsuit against the business or individual who provided or served alcohol to the driver.
Cases involving the alcohol vendor are known "dram shop" claims. Section 32B-15-201 of the Utah Code states that an alcohol manufacturer or vendor may be liable for injuries and damages sustained in an alcohol-related accident if that party "gives, sells, or otherwise provides an alcoholic product" to someone who is:
- Under 21 years of age
- Obviously intoxicated
- Ordered not to consume alcohol
A claim may also be filed against a social host who provides alcohol to a minor. These are referred to as "social host liability" claims. A social host cannot be held liable for damages if serving a person under 21 years of age, including if that person was apparently under the influence.
Damages & Time Limits
DUI accident victims and their families may seek damages for costs related to:
- Ambulance and emergency medicine
- Doctor's appointments
- Physical therapy
- Damaged property
- Lost wages
- Loss of income capacity
- Decreased quality of life
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
The state of Utah prohibits pursuing punitive damages, or damages to punish the defendant, from an alcohol vendor or social host.
Civil claims in Utah must be filed within the statute of limitations. In most circumstances, the claim must be filed within four years of the date of injury, or it will likely be thrown out by the court. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible not only ensures your claim is filed in a timely manner, it also means your advocate can begin investigating your claim and collecting the information needed to make the compelling case that earns you just compensation.
An Attorney is Critical to the Success of Your Claim
Car insurance companies are notorious for low-balling claims or denying them outright. An experienced DUI attorney can aggressively advocate for your rights and beat insurance adjusters at their game.
Our attorneys can handle all negotiations with insurance companies, and file personal injury claims on your behalf, all in an effort to deliver you the full compensation you deserve.
Let Us Represent You
Drunk driving accidents can leave victims with extended physical, emotional, and financial suffering. If you or your loved one was the victim of a drunk driving accident, learn how our decades of car accident claims experiences can help you by emailing us or calling us toll-free at (800) 898-4878.