If you were hit by a drunk driver, you have our condolences. With there
being so much information out there about the dangers of drinking and
driving, it’s appalling when people drink and climb behind the wheel,
knowing they’re endangering people’s lives.
According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in
alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes – that’s one person every
50 minutes in 2016.” But that’s not all. According to the
latest data available, drunk driving fatalities led to $44 billion in
damages per a year, reported NHTSA.
It’s no secret – alcohol reduces brain function. It causes
impaired reasoning, thinking and muscle coordination. It affects judgement,
depth perception, movement, and a person’s ability to operate machinery
and motor vehicles safely. The more alcohol a person drinks, the negative
effects on the nervous system increase accordingly. Too much alcohol can
lead to dizziness, blackouts, vision disturbances, nausea, vomiting, unconsciousness
and in the most serious cases, death.
Were You Struck by a Drunk Driver?
“Driving after drinking is deadly. Yet it still continues to happen
across the United States,” according to NHTSA. If someone drives
while impaired, they can be arrested or worse, they can cause a traffic
crash that leads to serious injuries or death. If you were hit by a drunk
driver, you may be wondering, “Even though the drunk driver is facing
criminal charges, can I file my own lawsuit against them?” In a
word – yes.
When a drunk driver causes an accident that leads to property damage, bodily
injuries or death, he or she can face a criminal prosecution
and a civil lawsuit. Often, the drunk driver faces a criminal trial at the same time as he
or she is subject to a
personal injury lawsuit.
So, even if the drunk driver is incarcerated for driving under the influence
(DUI), they can still have a personal injury claim filed against them.
There is nothing in the law stopping the plaintiff (victim in the DUI
accident) from filing a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver while he
or she is being criminally prosecuted for DUI.
Were you injured by a drunk or drugged driver in West Palm Beach? If so,
contact our firm at once to schedule a
free case evaluation. Let us help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve from the