Drunk Driving Accidents in Madison WI
Hit by Drunk Driver in Madison WI? Know your Rights
It is not unusual, in Madison or any other part of Wisconsin, for people to unwind in the evening or the weekend with a beer or other alcoholic beverage. The problem, of course, comes when someone drinks and then gets into a car. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, driving under the influence of alcohol remains the greatest controllable factor contributing to crashes in the state.
Alcohol-Related Accidents in Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s alcohol-related accidents have declined significantly over the last 40 years. Still, operating under the influence is a significant problem. In 2015, Wisconsin reported:
- 190 alcohol-related driving deaths;
- 2,872 alcohol-related injuries in crashes; and
- one person killed or injured every 2.9 hours on Wisconsin roadways.
Most people believe these accidents will not happen to them, but unfortunately, you have about a one in three chance of being involved in an alcohol-related accident sometime in your life.
Your Legal Rights
Driving is part of everyday life in Madison, Wisconsin. You should be able to commute to and from work, go out with friends or family, or just enjoy a relaxing drive without worrying about your safety. People who drive while they are intoxicated take that away from you; they add dangers that you should not have to fear when you are out.
If a driver injures you while he or she is under the influence of alcohol, he or she will face criminal charges. But you have the right to pursue civil damages too. When the other driver was impaired, you can sue even if the driver has been convicted of those criminal charges. Wisconsin is not a no-fault insurance state, so demonstrating the other driver was intoxicated will go a long way toward helping you show he or she was at fault. You can get compensation for your injuries, directly from the other driver or through his or her insurer.
If a drunk driver has injured you or a loved one, Eisenberg Law Offices is here to help. We will take the time to understand your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.