Drunk Driver Accident Victim
If you have been injured or suffered property damages because of a drunk driver, you need an experienced attorney to help you hold the drunk driver responsible for his or her negligent and illegal actions and recover compensation for your harm. With more than 150 years of combined legal experience, the trusted drunk driving accident lawyers of Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A. (NRS) can help.
Drunk driving is a serious problem in Cleveland and throughout Ohio. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, as of May 2012 there were already 7,627 enforcement actions for operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) of alcohol or drugs, a significant increase from the 6,792 total in 2011. With so many drunk drivers behind the wheel, the road is a dangerous place to be. The Highway Patrol reports that one in seven drivers is impaired at night and that three in ten Americans are involved in an alcohol-related crash.
Drunk driving in Ohio
In Ohio, it is illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence (OVI) of drugs or alcohol, also known as DWI or DUI. Whether a driver is guilty of OVI is generally determined by a blood, breath or urine test. In addition to facing fines, jail time or other criminal penalties, a drunk driver may be held responsible for any injuries or damages caused to other drivers, passengers, motorcycles, bicyclists or pedestrians.
Drunk driving accidents can and should be easily avoided, which makes them exceptionally tragic for victims and their families. The attorneys of NRS are committed to getting you and your family the compensation you deserve while holding drunk drivers responsible for their actions. NRS relentlessly pursues drunk drivers and their insurance companies to obtain compensation on your behalf, including punitive damages in court to penalize illegal drunk driving.
Dram shop liability
In addition to suing drunk drivers and insurance companies, Ohio law allows drunk driving accident victims to sue servers of alcohol — known as dram shops — including bars, restaurants and liquor stores. If a dram shop negligently allows a driver to consume too much, and the driver causes an accident, the dram shop may be liable for all resulting injuries. At NRS, our attorneys evaluate every party who may be liable to help you determine the best avenue for recovery.
Contact NRS today for immediate help
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one because of an accident caused by a drunk driver, the experienced personal injury attorneys of NRS can seek the compensation you need. Our attorneys help you understand the steps you should take right after a car accident caused by a drunk driver, and the car crash compensation, including punitive damages that may be available to you. Call NRS toll-free at 1.855.GOT.HURT (1.855.468.4878) or contact us by filling out our No-Risk Consultation form.