Unfortunately, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunken driving in the nation. According to a nationwide study conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services released in April of 2009, more than 26% of Wisconsin adults who were surveyed admitted that they had driven under the influence of alcohol in the previous year.
Obviously motorist who are driving under the influence are at greater risk of causing serious motor vehicle accidents than those drivers who are operating a motor vehicle sober. The number of motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers is extraordinary. In 2009, alcohol related crashes killed 238 people in the state of Wisconsin and injured nearly 4,000. In 2009, 40% of all fatal motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin involved alcohol.
If you are injured as a result of a drunk driver, you will need the services of an experienced attorney such as Steven T. Caya to handle your claim. Under Wisconsin law, evidence that an individual was driving a motor vehicle while drunk is not automatically admissible in a civil case. Such evidence is only admissible if it is shown the motor vehicle operator’s level of intoxication was a cause of the motor vehicle accident. Such evidence, typically, involves the hiring of experts and, Attorney Steven T. Caya has handled numerous drunken driving cases involving such experts.
In addition, if you are injured as a result of a drunken driver, you may be entitled to punitive damages, particularly in circumstances where the intoxicated driver has a history of drunk driving. Pursuing punitive damages is a complex process that requires experienced representation such as that provided by Attorney Steven T. Caya. In addition, claims for punitive damages oftentimes result in disputes with insurance carriers over whether such damages are covered by insurance. Attorney Steven T. Caya’s experience with insurance law is invaluable when trying to properly interpret insurance policy language.
Drunken driving accidents often times result in catastrophic injuries including:
- Spinal injuries
- Head injuries
- Significant soft tissue injuries
When dealing with such serious injuries, it is important to have a Personal injury lawyer experienced in handling drunk driving issues, such as Attorney Steven T. Caya on your side.