Every driver has an obligation to be safe and smart while operating a vehicle. When drivers act negligently on the road, they put themselves and other people on the road in great danger. There are several ways one can violate the rules of the road. One of the most dangerous things a driver can do is to operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This can cause serious injuries or even death to people.
Driving drunk is one of the leading causes of serious traffic accidents that result in severe injuries or even fatalities. If a driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher in Washington D.C., it is considered driving under the influence. When a person drives drunk, they are violating their responsibility to be safe on the road for other drivers as well as themselves. If this behavior results in an injury or even the death of another person, the driver can be held responsible through a personal injury lawsuit.
It is important to know that if a person is injured or dies as a result of a drunk driver, that driver can be held liable for the injuries or a person’s death. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit. This allows the injured party to recover significant damages to compensate them for additional expenses or lost wages as a result of the accident.
While many believe compensation is only be awarded for physical trauma, it is possible to receive emotional compensation as well. The allows the injured party to possible receive both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages can cover medical bills, lost wages, and the need to hire outside help for the injured individual. Noneconomic damages may be awarded for pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.
Dram Shop Laws
When seeking reparations for a drunk driving accident, it is important to understand who is at fault or the accident. Washington D.C. has dram shop laws in place to hold businesses liable for neglectfully selling alcohol to those who go on to cause serious injuries, property damage, or death. This liability can be imposed on any establishment that serves alcohol. This includes liquor stores, bars, restaurants, and any place with a liquor license.
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If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a car accident and seek legal representation, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC.today.
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.