WHO IS LIABLE?
The drunk driver, of course, should be liable for his or her actions. And since a drunk driver had to have obtained alcohol from somewhere, other people may also be liable for their actions. Under the Dram Shop Act, establishments such as bars and restaurants that serve alcohol to obviously intoxicated drivers may be liable if the drunk driver injures or kills someone in an accident. If a minor was supplied alcohol at a party and causes a motor vehicle accident, the adults who knew about the alcohol can be held liable. Regardless of the unique scenario, our team can use several methods to determine who is liable for the damages caused by a drunk driver.
Someone who has been injured by a drunk driver may be entitled to monetary compensation (damages), including compensation for past medical bills and treatment costs in the future, pain and suffering, loss of future earning capacity, lost wages, and mental anguish.
If a loved one has been killed by a drunk driver, surviving spouses, children, and parents may be eligible for damages for mental anguish, loss of companionship, loss of inheritance, and financial losses including the deceased person’s earning capacity, and value of the support, care, and services that the deceased would have given to family members had he or she not died.
Drunk driving can lead to horrific accidents in which other people are injured or even killed. If you or a loved one are the victim of a drunk driver, attorney Rocky Walton can help you bring the liable driver to justice and get you compensation for your injuries.
If a person is driving while intoxicated, the driver is considered to be grossly negligent. A finding of gross negligence can lead to exemplary damages, which are additional damages designed to punish the driver or make an example of him or her.
In the event you are injured by a drunk driver, it is important for you to contact a qualified attorney immediately. Evidence that can be collected in drunk driving cases differs from other types of motor vehicle accidents and should be obtained promptly. There may be a video from a police officer’s dashboard camera as well as blood or breath alcohol tests. To ensure that such valuable evidence is not lost, contact an attorney promptly.
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