Were you recently injured in an accident involving a drunk driver in Cleveland, Ohio? Contact Babin Law, LLC for immediate legal assistance. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical treatment, loss of income, and the suffering you’ve experienced since the crash. Our Cleveland drunk driving accident attorneys can help you fight to maximize your financial award.
When you trust our award-winning Ohio trial attorneys after a DUI crash, you’ll get the time and opportunity you need to focus on getting better. We’ll invest the time, resources, and dedication necessary to hold the drunk driver and other potentially liable parties fully accountable for the harm they’ve caused.
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How Common Are Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Cleveland?
According to the CDC, drivers in Ohio admittedly get behind the wheel after drinking too much more than other motorists across the country. A CDC report found that 2.2 percent of Ohio drivers admitted to driving drunk, exceeding the national average of 1.9 percent.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there have been over 77,000 drunk driving crashes reported across the state since 2017.
Many of these drunk driving collisions happen in urban parts of the state, like Cleveland.
Drunk driving accident statistics published by the state reveal that 1,195 OVI crashes were reported in the Cleveland metro area and other parts of Franklin County between November 2021 and October 2022.
That’s an average of three drunk driving car accidents every single day.
Many of these Cleveland drunk driving accidents result in serious injuries and deaths. At least 462 crashes resulted in one probable injury, while another 53 were fatal.
What Do I Have to Prove to Win a Cleveland Drunk Driving Injury Lawsuit?
The drunk driver involved in your accident might face criminal OVI charges, but that won’t do much to help you on your road to recovery.
Fortunately, you have the opportunity to hold them accountable.
Since Ohio is an at-fault state, you file an insurance claim with the drunk driver’s insurance carrier and/or pursue damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
When establishing fault in an insurance claim or lawsuit, you’ll generally have to establish that the drunk driver (or another party) was negligent.
Negligence is comprised of four elements:
- Duty: the drunk driver owed you a duty of care (all motorists in Cleveland assume a duty to drive with care)
- Breach: the driver breached this duty by operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Causation: the driver’s alcohol consumption caused an accident in which you were injured
- Damages: you’ve suffered identifiable damages – medical bills, disability, property damage – as a result
You can generally invoke the theory of negligence per se in OVI injury cases, which provides that a driver is presumed to be negligent because they broke the law when they drove under the influence.
Experienced Cleveland Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Ready to Fight For You
Don’t let the drunk driver off the hook for your injuries and trauma. Call Babin Law, LLC, and have our Cleveland drunk driving accident attorneys stand up and fight to get you the financial justice you deserve. We offer a free consultation, so reach out to our qualified legal team in Cleveland today.