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Drunk Driving Fatalities

Too many Washington motorists ignore the fact that drinking and driving do not mix, and they put themselves and others at risk of accident, injury and – in the worst cases – death. In 2008, there were 37,261 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities throughout the country, including 182 in the State of Washington. Out of that number 11,773 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

Nothing is more reckless than driving while impaired by alcohol. At Brett Murphy, our personal injury lawyers believe strongly in holding drunk drivers accountable when their blatant disregard for public safety results in a family losing a loved one. We also believe that it’s important to secure compensation for family members so that they can move ahead in life.

For more than 40 years, the DUI fatality lawyers of Brett Murphy have represented families who have lost a father, mother, brother, sister or child to the reckless acts of a drunk driver. We can help you, too. To receive a free case evaluation, call us today at 800-925-1875 or 360-714-0900 or by using our convenient online form.

THE PROBLEM WITH DRUNK DRIVING

Alcohol impairs one’s judgment and the physical ability to control an automobile, motorcycle or truck. Drunk drivers drift across lanes, drive off the road, run through red lights, follow too closely and fail to brake. They drive dangerously fast or slow, race through intersections and fail to check for motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians before they turn. In some cases, drunk drivers fall asleep at the wheel.

Because driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above 0.08 is against the law in Washington State, an intoxicated driver may face stiff criminal penalties. Our state’s personal injury law also provides a way to hold drunk drivers accountable through the civil justice system. A guilty plea or jury verdict can help establish negligence in a wrongful death lawsuit.

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

We will review the facts of the crash that claimed your loved one, and we will develop a case that is aimed at maximizing the compensation that your family receives. We know that you will need those funds to compensate for your losses, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral costs
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of educational support
  • Loss of care, comfort and companionship

We have a record of obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements for the families of drunk driving victims throughout Washington, including a case in which we obtained a $1 million settlement from a defendant who was later found not guilty by a jury. In another case we obtained a $5.5 million dollar verdict against the Washington State Patrol when an officer drove a drunk driver home, gave her back her keys and told her not to drive again until she sobered up – she called a cab and returned to her car, then crossed the centerline and hit our client head on. Each case is different, but we will work relentlessly to obtain a prompt, full, and just settlement for your family.

Brett Murphy has created a brochure for victims of drunk drivers, providing detailed information to help victims understand their rights and locate resources to help them through the claim process. To receive a free copy of our brochure, please complete a confidential contact form, stating that you would like to receive a copy.

If your family has lost a loved one to the reckless conduct of a drunk driver, contact Brett Murphy today by calling 800-925-1875 or 360-714-0900 or filling out our online form. We represent clients from offices in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma, Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham and Mount Vernon, and throughout the State of Washington.