Can victims of drunk drivers receive damages?

Although you may be a responsible individual that plans out a designated driver for a night of drinking, some other individuals do not take this into account. Unfortunately, people drive while they are intoxicated. When these people do so, they put themselves in danger and also other individuals who are on the road as well. It is not fair how these individuals are harmed by the irresponsible actions of another driver. When these victims are harmed by these drunk drivers, they have the right to file a lawsuit against them. Victims can suffer terrible injuries as a result of a crash with a drunk driver. These drivers can receive damages for economic and non-economic reasons. These accidents can also prove to be life-threatening.

After you experience an accident due to a drunk driver, you should seek medical care immediately to have your injuries assessed. This will ensure that your health and safety is taken care of to prevent any major complications. It can also provide documentation of your injuries and detail the extent of them so that this can be used in your case against the drunk driver. This can be used to show what happened as a result of your accident with the drunk driver. When your injuries are documented, it can become easier to build a case. Police reports can be another form of documentation to add to the case to prove the accident. If the driver has an arrest record of prior drunk driving incidents, this is useful information to prove liability on their behalf. Investigations will need to be conducted to compile all the information possible for your case. For this, witnesses should be located to provide any evidence possible.

What will happen to the driver?

When drivers are charged with driving under the influence, they may face a variety of consequences based on the amount of alcohol that is found in their system. Their consequences can also be affected by the severity of the accident that they caused and the number of DUI charges that they have. If they are found driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more, they may be deemed legally impaired while driving. This may lead to fines and possible incarceration. The institutions that sold the alcohol to the driver may also be held responsible for their involvement. In Washington D.C., there are laws in place called dram shop laws that put liability on the business that neglectfully sells alcohol to patrons who then cause serious injuries, property damage or even death. This means that victims of drunk drivers can file lawsuits against the liquor store, bar or restaurant that served alcohol to the driver that harmed them in the accident.

The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.

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