A drunk driver caused my loved one to crash into the median and they were killed, can I sue the drunk driver?
A continuing problem for drivers of all ages is the issue of drunk driving, and the dangers it poses. Any careful driver can become a victim due to an irresponsible individual who decided to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The situation involving any alcohol-related accident is frustrating enough, but circumstances can develop into something tragic if someone is killed as a result of the actions of a drunk driver.
Killed for No ReasonFor example, someone who carefully follows the rules of the road is driving along when they’re suddenly hit by an individual who is drunk. The resulting crash forces the car into the median, killing the driver.
According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 10,322 people killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2012. That accounts for one-third of all traffic deaths and averages out to about 30 people every day.
The annual economic cost of alcohol-related crashes is more than $59 billion, but the biggest outrage is this fact from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): legally drunk drivers in fatal crashes are seven times more likely to have a prior conviction for drunk driving than those with no alcohol in them.
Criminal Law Takes Over
The drunk driver who kills is often charged with felony manslaughter, and if convicted, serves a set amount of time. However, the victim that person killed had family members who will grieve for the remainder of their lives. This can cause both emotional and economic pain if the victim was the main source of financial support.
Deserving of Compensation
Any legal action that takes place won’t bring much money in return if the individual driver is the only target. That’s because their funds are likely limited, but it may be possible to sue that person’s insurance company.
Often, repeat drunk drivers can’t get insurance, forcing any pending litigation to focus on the establishment or event where the drunk driver became drunk. The company hiring the people serving drinks should train the employees to be aware of the person’s growing intoxication.
The Road Ahead
In the end, any money received pales in comparison to the cost of losing a loved one. However, justice will be served and begin the long, painful process of moving on. If you’re facing a situation similar to this contact us right now and get started.