If you’re involved in a crash because another person has decided that it’s okay to drink and drive, you deserve an opportunity to hold them accountable for their actions. Drunk driving accidents maim and kill every day in the United States, so as a victim, you deserve a chance to say your peace and be heard.
Drunk driving collisions don’t have to happen. Simply getting a sober ride home would be enough to prevent them. As a result, it’s fair to try to hold those who cause these accidents responsible for the damage and injuries they’ve caused.
Thousands lose their lives to drunk drivers every year
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 10,000 people die annually because of drunk drivers. Drunk driving, on its own, is responsible for around a third of all deaths related to traffic accidents.
People are too impaired to drive (by law) once their blood alcohol concentration is .08% or higher. Unfortunately, people can be too impaired to drive at levels much lower than this. For some, .02%, .04% or other levels below .08% will be impairing enough to result in dangerous driving behaviors.
Criminal and civil options after a drunk driving crash
After a drunk driving collision, your primary focus should be on getting the medical care you need and healing. In terms of your compensation, you may want to look into making a personal injury claim. This kind of claim allows you to seek compensation for injuries caused by another person.
On the criminal side of the case, the police and prosecution may work together to convict someone who was drinking and driving. You don’t have to wait for the criminal aspect of the case to be resolved before you seek compensation. Evidence that the other driver was impaired could help your case, but it’s not necessarily needed for you to collect a fair amount of compensation after a crash.
Know that you are not alone after a crash with a drunk driver. There are people who can help, and you can seek compensation to help replace lost wages, to pay for medical expenses and more.