Accidents Caused by Drunk or Drugged Drivers
Oklahoma attorneys hold those at-fault accountable
When a drunk or drugged driver gets behind the wheel, terrible accidents can result with catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of an intoxicated driver, compensation is justified. Your health, job, family and future have all been put in jeopardy. You may have suffered the greatest tragedy of all, the loss of a loved one.
The victims of drunk and drugged drivers deserve payment for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the attorneys at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons protect your rights while forcefully ensuring that those at fault are held accountable.
Drunk and drugged drivers cause serious injury and death
Almost one fourth of all highway deaths in the United States are related to alcohol. Eighteen percent of fatally injured drivers test positive for drugs. The charges against intoxicated drivers range from misdemeanors — the less serious offense — to felonies. A DUI becomes a felony in Oklahoma when the driver receives a second DUI within 10 years of their first conviction or if they have a child in the car. They can be charged with negligent homicide if lives are lost. While the government may bring criminal lawsuits against drivers charged with felonies, damages are not awarded in these cases.
No matter what the charge is, intoxicated drivers are liable for all personal injury and property damage because Oklahoma is a “fault” auto insurance state. Damages are sought first from the insurance companies. If the at-fault driver is under- or uninsured, or their insurance does not offer adequate compensation the injured victim is generally entitled to compensation from their own underinsured or uninsured motorist insurance coverage. It is very important that your attorney has experience in dealing with the various insurance coverages that might be available to compensate you for your damages. At Ryan Bisher Ryan, we understand the types of insurance that might be available to compensate you, and we will successfully utilize that insurance coverage to assure you are adequately compensated for all your damages.
Help bringing drunk and drugged drivers to justice
Civil suits against intoxicated drivers seek financial compensation for punitive damages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other physical, emotional, and financial difficulties. In a wrongful death claim, compensation for the victim’s family includes lost wages from the deceased, lost companionship and funeral expenses. In Oklahoma, you may also bring a civil suit against a restaurant or bar who knowingly sells, delivers or furnishes alcohol to anyone under 21, an intoxicated person or the insane or mentally deficient.
Consulting an attorney immediately following a car accident is essential. Crucial evidence and witness testimony needs to be preserved and the Oklahoma statute of limitations is only two years. At Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons, we move expeditiously in DUI accident cases, providing the victims with personal attention, compassion and competence.
Contact us now
Call Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons’ Oklahoma City office at 800.725.2222 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our dedicated attorneys get justice for the victims of drunk and drugged drivers.