Drunk Driving Collision Attorneys In Erie, Pennsylvania

Jed Dietrich, Esq. has Built a Superior Reputation for Obtaining the Best Results. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s Battle-Tested Litigators Promise to Make Every Effort to Secure the Highest Possible Compensation for Your Drunk Driving Accident in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Person Trying to Take a Key Getting behind the wheel after one too many drinks is a heinous crime that kills tens of thousands of innocent victims every year. Drunk driving is a huge safety issue throughout the United States, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is no different. In a recent year in Pennsylvania, alcohol-related accidents increased from 7,700 to 9,220, and related fatalities increased to 311 from 293. Far too many lives are tragically lost because of others' selfish and reckless decisions. For example, a 47-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania off-duty police officer driving with a blood-alcohol content that was almost 3 times the legal limit crossed into oncoming traffic on Route 99 and fatally wounded a 57-year-old victim.

Under Pennsylvania law, the legal limit for operating any motor vehicle is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08. While everyone makes mistakes, driving while intoxicated is simply inexcusable. Statistics show that many drunk drivers involved in collisions are either high-grade or repeat offenders. Driving with any alcohol in your system will delay your ability to react quickly to unexpected conditions on the road, reduce your concentration, lower your judgment skills, and limit your vision. Since drunk drivers often do little to avoid crashing, accidents involving alcohol are more prone to have ravaging consequences. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s leading litigators refuse to allow the poor choices of others to destroy your life. Our drunk driving injury lawyers are passionately dedicated to providing the legal representation that you deserve.

Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his seasoned attorneys have fought to obtain more than $175 million in court decisions and settlements for victims who were seriously injured in Erie, Pennsylvania, and beyond. Depending on your injuries, we may be able to demand compensation for your hospital bills, physical therapy, pain and suffering, lost wages, diminished future career prospects, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment, and much more. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s best of the best litigators will conduct a detailed investigation to figure out whether any other parties, such as restaurants, bars, or liquor stores, contributed to your accident. Under Pennsylvania Liquor Code section 4-497, we can hold any establishment that negligently provided alcohol to a visibly intoxicated individual liable for the injuries that they caused. Additionally, if you lost a family member in an alcohol-related crash, nothing would give our highly qualified attorneys more honor than helping you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Our hard-hitting, tenacious, and trustworthy attorneys are available 24/7 at 814-839-3939 or by completing the online consultation form. Please note that you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages regardless of whether or not the drunk driver has already been convicted in criminal court.

Important Drunk Driving Statistics

Timer Below the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s top rated drunk driving accident lawyers have put together some recent figures about drunk driving:

  1. Each day, roughly 32 victims in the country suffer fatalities in accidents involving alcohol-impaired motorists, which is equivalent to approximately one death every 45 minutes;
  2. In a recent year alone, 11,654 victims tragically lost their lives in drunk-driving collisions;
  3. Around 30 percent of all car accident deaths throughout the United States involve drunk drivers;
  4. Of the people who died in alcohol-related collisions, 62 percent were drunk drivers themselves, while 38 percent were sober drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
  5. In a recent year, drinking and driving accounted for 21 percent of car accident-related deaths among children ages 0-14 years;
  6. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while drunk driving accidents only made up roughly 8 percent of a recent year's total collisions, alcohol-related fatalities accounted for 25 percent of all the traffic deaths;
  7. On average, accidents involving alcohol are about 4 times more likely to result in lethal injuries than those not involving alcohol;
  8. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 18.5 million residents ages 16 years and older drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year;
  9. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that weekends involve nearly twice as many alcohol-related accidents than weekdays; and
  10. In a recent year alone, for every female drunk driver, there were 4 male drunk drivers on the road.



How To Avoid Becoming Another Drunk Driving Statistic

With more than 1.1 million impaired drivers arrested each year, chances are that you have encountered someone driving under the influence. Every motorist on the road must appreciate the risks of getting behind the wheel after a few too many drinks. It is equally important to adequately protect yourself against others driving drunk. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 2 out of 3 Americans will be involved in drunk driving crashes in their lifetimes. Regretfully, drunk driving does not discriminate; and it can claim the life of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, and others close to us. To prevent an alcohol-related crash from impacting you or someone that you care about, the Dietrich Legal Team's caring attorneys recommend the following:

  1. Always plan before drinking alcohol so that you are not tempted to drive;
  2. If you unexpectedly start drinking, use a convenient rideshare app or public transportation to get home;
  3. When you are with a group, agree on a reliable designated driver who will not drink;
  4. If you are the designated driver, it is critical to take your responsibility seriously by not consuming any alcohol or drugs;
  5. Never let someone you know get behind the wheel if you feel like they had too much to drink;
  6. Under no circumstances should you get into the car of someone who has been drinking;
  7. If you witness a driver on the road that is impaired, call the Erie Police Department immediately;
  8. If you intend to host an event where alcoholic beverages will be served, ensure that your guests arrange rides in advance;
  9. If someone close to you is struggling with alcohol addiction, get them help before it is too late; and
  10. Regardless of whether you are a driver or passenger, always wear your seat belt.

At the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., our highly experienced attorneys are deeply committed to helping eliminate drunk driving accidents. We trust that our above suggestions will help you stay clear of alcohol-related dangers on the road. While being responsible behind the wheel may come naturally for you, unfortunately, it is impossible to control the foolish actions of others. If you, or a loved one, were recently the victim of a car accident involving an alcohol-impaired driver, you are likely suffering from devastating injuries, pricey hospital bills, and a significantly decreased quality of life. Although the person responsible might have already been arrested, they must also be held liable for all of your injuries. You owe it to yourself to consult with Jed Dietrich, Esq. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s car accident injury lawyers will gladly schedule a complimentary consultation to hear your story. Our elite team is available anytime, day or night, by calling 814-839-3939 or by completing the online consultation form. Please contact us at your earliest convenience for your confidential, no-obligation case evaluation.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 814-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Erie, Pennsylvania. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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