Drunk drivers may be liable to their victims for the damages they have suffered in a drunk driving car accident. Drunk drivers may face both criminal penalties and civil consequences for harming victims in a drunk driving car accident they caused.
A personal injury claim for damages against a drunk driver can help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in car accident. Damages that may be available can help with medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering or emotional damages. Additionally, damages may be available for future medical care expenses and lost-earning capacity. This can help car accident victims with the daily challenges they face following an unexpected car accident caused by a drunk driver.
A police report, including witness statements and expert opinions, and drunk driving charges can be used to show that the drunk driver was negligent in causing the accident and is liable for the damages the victim has suffered. When a drunk driver is intoxicated above the legal level to safely operate a vehicle, and the drunk driver fails to exercise reasonable care for the safety of victims, they may be liable to compensate victims for the damages suffered.
Because a drunk driving accident can cause serious injuries for victims, and leave them facing potentially life-long physically, financially and emotionally, victims and their families should be familiar with the legal protections available to them. Legal remedies and a claim for damages can hold drunk drivers accountable and ensure victims and their families are protected.