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Recovering damages after an alcohol-related accident

There are many potential dangers on the roadways that could put Iowa drivers at risk. When an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel of the car, other drivers and passengers are put in danger. A drunk driving accident could result in serious injuries and even death, and victims and their loved ones could suffer greatly due to their injuries, losses and damages.

A recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that roughly 30 people are killed in a drunk driving accident in the United States every day. This does not only mean that a person dies at the hand of an impaired driver every 48 minutes but also racks up an annual cost of more than $51 billion dollars. Furthermore, the report found that in 2010 nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths were caused by drunk drivers.

The report noted that certain efforts help reduce these incidents such as using sobriety checkpoints, taking away driver's licenses promptly after a DUI charge, requiring a substance abuse assessment and treatment following a DUI, having mandatory blood alcohol tests after a traffic accident resulting in injury or death and raising the price of alcohol by increasing taxes on it.

While utilizing efforts to help reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents, it doesn't negate the fact that these accidents do occur. The victims and their loved ones could suffer greatly. Filing a personal injury claim could help them recover from the injuries and damages they suffered. Awarded compensation could help cover medical expenses, lost wages and other related damages.

Like any accident, the incident happens suddenly and the victim is left dealing with unexpected changes. A drunk driving accident could temporarily or permanently disable the victim, causing them a lengthy recovery. In these situations, it is important that the injured party understands their legal remedies. This could help them alleviate financial hardships caused by the accident while also protecting their rights.

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