From the University of Richmond to Virginia Commonwealth University and
across the nation, college students have reported drinking and driving
during their time in college. In a study published by the National Institute
of Alcohol Abuse, almost 2,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24
die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries and car crashes. Another
study found that 1 in 5 college students admitted to drinking and driving.
One reason researchers believe college students are the highest risk for
driving while impaired is due to the culture of “binge drinking”
that surrounds college campuses.
For many college students, university culture can become an oscillating
spectrum of hard work, study and celebratory partying. With fraternities
and sororities hosting mixers, holiday celebrations and themed parties
every week, drinking two, three or four nights a week can become a habit
faster than you would think. Today colleges across the country have started
campaigns and awareness programs around the dangers of binge drinking
and driving while under the influence, but the disturbing truth is many
students are still carelessly getting behind the wheel and injuring other
innocent drivers on the road. If a careless college drunk driver has injured
you or a loved one, the skilled attorneys of
Halperin Law Center can help you get the compensation you need to move forward.
Civil Case vs. Criminal Case
drunk driving car accident, police arrest the drunk driver responsible and charge them with DUI.
As a victim of the
car accident, your insurance will help pay for your property damage and a portion of
your medical expenses. However, what happens when the cost of the accident
is more than your policy limits? Who should be responsible for paying
your bills? Filing a civil lawsuit gives you the opportunity to argue
your right to compensation for your medical bills, personal injuries,
pain and suffering and property damage. Remember, filing a claim against
the drunk driver responsible for your injuries is separate from the criminal case.
How We Can Help You
Our Richmond car accident attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling
personal injury cases like yours. We can navigate you through the process
of filing a lawsuit against the party responsible for your injuries. At
Halperin Law Center, we understand the emotional trauma and financial
stress you and your family must be under after suffering injuries at the
hands of an irresponsible university student. Our team of Richmond car
accident lawyers is deeply invested in helping others find justice after
suffering tragic injuries. With us on your side as a legal advocate, you
can be confident you have chosen a legal team who has
proven themselves repeatedly.
Ready to get started? Call (804) 220-0223 to schedule a free consultation.