Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Fairfax, VA
Pursuing Justice for Drunk Driving Accident Victims
There is no doubt that driving under the influence of alcohol puts drivers and everyone else on the road at risk of severe injury, yet drunk driving remains a problem throughout the United States. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that more than 10,000 U.S. residents are killed every year as a result of drunk driving accidents.
For over 65 years, Ashcraft & Gerel has represented drunk driving accident victims in civil lawsuits. Through our fearless advocacy, we have recovered more than $1 billion for our clients. We are proud to work in a field that allows us to help injured individuals get back to what matters most to them while, at the same time, preventing the same harm from coming to others.
Don’t settle for less when it comes to your recovery. Call an Ashcraft & Gerel at (703) 940-0028 to book a free case review with our drunk driving accident attorney in Fairfax, VA.
Common Injuries Caused by Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving accidents may result in a variety of injuries or all the harm may be limited to vehicular property damage. At Ashcraft & Gerel, we are passionate about helping individuals who have been catastrophically injured seek accountability, as the worse the injury, the less likely the at-fault party will own up to what they have done.
Our drunk driving accident lawyers handle cases involving:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Partial or complete amputation
- Neck and back injuries
- Orthopedic injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Virginia Drunk Driving Laws
Per state law, a person is considered too drunk to drive if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or above. If a driver is under the legal drinking age, this minimum is reduced to a BAC of only 0.02%.
Do DUI Criminal Cases Affect Civil Cases?
State law enforcement is known to be tough on drunk drivers, and it is very likely that your case will coincide with criminal court proceedings concerning the at-fault party’s charge for driving under the influence (DUI).
Criminal court is, however, an entirely separate entity from civil court, where you will be taking legal action. Thus, their DUI charges will not have any impact on your civil court case. You do not even need the at-fault party to be convicted of a DUI to win your case, since a person is liable for any injury they cause to another in an accident — regardless of whether alcohol was involved.
For example, a driver may be held responsible for an accident if they committed any of the following negligent acts:
- Driving recklessly
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Ignoring stop signs or red lights
- Violating traffic laws
Therefore, even if they are found to be not guilty of a DUI, you may still be entitled to compensation as long as you were not at all liable for the car accident yourself. If you are found to be even 1% at fault, the state’s contributory negligence rule will deem you ineligible for compensation.
How a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Due to the state’s rule of contributory negligence, DUI accident cases can be difficult for injured individuals to navigate. Our Fairfax drunk driving accident attorneys at Ashcraft & Gerel can help you investigate your case and gather evidence to strengthen it. We will utilize all our resources and explore all available avenues in our fight for your full compensation, which may include pain and suffering, medical expenses, vehicular damage, missed time from work, and more.
Contact our Fairfax drunk driving accident lawyers online or call (703) 940-0028 today to learn more about how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Pharmaceutical Negligence $46 Million
Brain Injury Due to Defective Medical Device $16 Million
Injuries Caused by Mining Disaster $11 Million
Injuries to Foster Child From Abuse - Gov’t Agency $10 Million
Injuries Due to Negligent Operation of Train $6.1 Million
Child Injured at Birth - Umbilical Cord Compression $5.4 Million
Injured by Defective Helmet & Negligent Track Employees $3.5 Million
Child Injured at Birth – Deprived of Oxygen $2.9 Million
Injured Forklift Operator $2.5 Million
Burns from Flammable Bathrobe $2 Million
Our legal team understands what you are going through and is committed to defending your rights against powerful businesses and insurance carriers.
Committed to the Community
Our advocacy extends beyond the courtroom through our extensive involvement in the community and support for positive change within our industry.
Fearless Advocacy When You Need It
Our experienced legal team is not afraid to go to trial in order to maximize the recovery that our clients desperately need and rightfully deserve.
Respected within the Legal Field
Our esteemed attorneys are highly regarded within the legal community and even command respect from adjustors and defense counsel.
At the Forefront of Major Litigation
Our legal team has spearheaded litigation on behalf of injured clients in many high-profile cases, including major disasters, explosions and sexual abuse cases.
A Long Legacy of Successful Results
Since its founding in 1953, Ashcraft & Gerel has obtained more than a billion dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for injured clients.