Greenbelt DUI Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in an accident in Greenbelt that was caused by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol and/or other altering substances, you may find it helpful to discuss your situation with Greenbelt, M.D. DUI lawyers who are experienced with successfully defending the rights of DUI accident victims and their families.
Greenbelt Accidents and Alcohol
It is illegal to drive while under the influence, largely because the senses of people who are under the influence become impaired and they become more so with higher levels of alcohol or other substances in their system. This means that things such as motor skills and reflexes, vision, and cognitive abilities can be impared. When one or more of a person’s senses are impared and they are operating a large piece of machinery such as an automobile, there is a greater likelihood that they will crash and cause damage to property as well as injure people (including themselves).
If you are one of the many unfortunate people who get injured in accidents every year caused by drivers who are under the influence, you may be entitled to compensation. A lawyer who is licensed to protect DUI accident injury victims in Greenbelt and throughout M.D. may be able to help you determine whether or not you have a personal injury claim that is worth pursuing.
Maryland DUI and Personal Injury Claims
Even though both involve potential time in court, a Greenbelt DUI is a completely separate thing compared to a M.D. personal injury claim that involves a driver that is under the influence, and one that the victim often needs the help of lawyers to get the compensation they are entitled to.
Maryland, like all U.S. states and the District of Columbia, has laws that prohibit people from driving with above a certain amount of alcohol in their system. Driving while impaired (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are both legal terms that refer to the citations law enforcement officers often give people when they find they have been driving after drinking alcohol or taking other sensory altering substances.
While both are serious crimes, in Maryland, a DWI is a slightly less serious offense compared to a DUI. Some states use these terms similarly to M.D., some use them interchangeably, and some use only one or the other.
A personal injury claim is filed in a civil court and if it goes to trial it is tried in a civil court where the plaintiff is the injured person and the defendant(s) is the person or entity that caused their injury. It does not matter whether or not a driver that caused you injury has been charged and/or convicted of a DUI or DWI- you may still try to get compensation from them for expenses related to your injury as well as for other damages.