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Drunk driving road traffic accidents happen when a person has consumed more alcohol than the prescribed legal limit and has been involved in a collision with another car, or road user, including motorcycles, cycles, pedestrians, or even those on horseback.
Even though drink driving is against the law, it doesn't mean that it doesn’t happen, There are around 85,000 people convicted of offences related to drink-driving every year in England and Wales, so if you have been injured by a drink driver, our Personal Injury Solicitors can help you make a claim against the drunk driver's car or motorcycle insurance.
What is drink driving?
Drink driving is when a person has consumed too much alcohol to be able to safely drive, but does so anyway. In the UK (excluding Scotland), the maximum level of alcohol a person can legally have is determined not by the number of drinks they have, but by the level of alcohol in their body.
The drink-driving limit for drivers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath or 107 milligrams per 100 millilitres of urine. So, if you are stopped by the police, they breathalyse you, and your reading is over this amount, you can be arrested for driving over the prescribed limit of alcohol.
How does alcohol affect a person’s driving?
At MG Legal, our personal injury team are not experts on the intricacies of how drinking affects a person’s brain- we are one of the areas leading personal injury specialists. However, some general effects alcohol can have on drivers, as explained in an article by the telegraph.co.uk are:-
1) Slower reaction times
2) Distracted driving
3) Over-confident driving
4) Worse hazard perception
5) Unexpected risk taking
Common accidents caused by drunk drivers
Operating a vehicle safely and correctly requires a person’s full concentration and physical and mental capabilities. It’s clear to most people that alcohol can seriously affect your system; impairing your ability to operate a vehicle safely and endangering other’s lives.
Our personal injury solicitors would explain that, based on their own experiences of dealing with road traffic accident claims where the other driver was drunk driving, quite often our clients explain the accident as being caused by the drunk driver swerving into their side of the road or mounting the path where they were walking. In any instances where a drunk driver hits another road user, people can be left injured and in need of claiming personal injury compensation. Whatever the situation may be, our road traffic accident solicitors are here to help.
What should I do if I am injured in an accident with a drunk driver?
There are many things that you can do if you are involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, which can help to make your claim stronger. The main thing is to collect as much evidence as possible. Obviously, the amount you will be able to collect may depend on your injuries; never make your injuries worse when collecting the evidence. You could always ask somebody to collect any evidence on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
You can collect contact information for the involved parties, including the driver (even if they are the drunk driver and the police take their details, it’s a good idea to get these yourself), the passengers of the car, and any witnesses who were present when the accident occurred or afterwards (i.e. pedestrians or other road users). You should take a note of the details of the vehicle involved in the accident, including colour, make, model, the vehicle registration number and any details of the company, if the vehicle was commercial. If you have a camera handy, take pictures of the scene (once you are no longer inside your vehicle), making sure that you get photos of any tyre marks, damage to the vehicles and where you have been injured. Whatever you do, you must also keep receipts for any recovery costs, mechanic’s invoices or travel costs so that these can be claimed back from the at fault party, too.
If you sustained any personal injury at all, the next thing to do is to contact our expert team of personal injury solicitors to discuss your compensation claim.
How do I make a car accident compensation claim against a drunk driver?
After you’ve been injured and sought medical help, you should contact our personal injury solicitors to discuss your injury compensation claim. There would be no charge for the initial discussions, or for our team dealing with your injury compensation claim on your behalf, as all work is carried out on a No Win No Fee basis (a Conditional Fee Agreement). You can read more about these agreements in our Personal Injury Solicitor’s blog.
How much time do I have to make a personal injury claim?
The time limits for making a personal injury claim, arising out of a road traffic accident are strict. If you a pedestrian who has sustained a personal injury as a result of a drunk driver, then it is important that you seek advice from a lawyer who specialises in road traffic accident claims, as soon as possible, after your incident. In most cases, a claim should be made within three years from the date of the road traffic accident.
There are, however, some exceptions, so if you were under 18 years old at time you suffered the negligence, then you have three years from your 18th birthday within which to make a claim for compensation. Time limits may also differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. To avoid disappointment, if you are going to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation, the best thing to do is to contact our road traffic accident solicitors as soon as possible,
Why choose MG Legal for my drunk driving road traffic accident claim?
We always welcome this question, and will answer it the best way we know how.
When you are looking do anything that has some importance, you should always do your research. When people ask, why should I choose MG Legal for my personal injury claim, our team always point new clients in the direction of our amazing reviews. You see, when you instruct MG Legal, you are instructing a strong, dedicated team of solicitors, with a wealth of knowledge in all things personal injury, and a great deal of experience in all sorts of road traffic accident claims.
After setting up the firm 10 years ago, our team of road traffic accident solicitors have earned respect nationwide, and now receive instruction from clients all over the country. We do not pay referral fees, or deal with awful accident management companies, and when you instruct MG Legal, your compensation claim will be handled by the same person from start to finish, with no avoiding emails, or ducking calls, as we have witnessed with many of our competitors, At MG Legal, our clients are more than just a number- if we don’t settle their claim, then we don’t get paid, so we prioritise your claim, to get settled as soon as possible.