Drinking and Driving = Consequences
Drunk driving is widely understood to be risky and dangerous, not only to the driver and passengers but also to other people on the road, including drivers and pedestrians. Four out of every ten fatal car accidents in the United States are alcohol-related. Each year, 25,000 people die and 708,000 are injured in alcohol-related collisions. Alcohol-related crashes result in the death of 500 people per week, or more than 70 every day. Statistically, half of all Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related car accident in their lifetime. Despite these alarming statistics, it happens all around us every day. Far too often, who have been drinking fail to heed the potential consequences, and get behind the wheel of a car.
In addition to lives lost and injuries sustained, there are other far-reaching consequences of car accidents caused by drunk drivers. These consequences are financial as well as physical. Drunk driving costs American taxpayers between 21 and 24 billion dollars each year, according to a recent study. More generally, according to National Geographic, alcohol abuse costs $136 billion each year in the United States alone.
If you are injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Settlements stemming from a drunk driving accident typically include coverage for medical treatment, lost wages, and emotional distress. Cases against the drunk driver often include punitive damages, which are meant to punish reckless drivers and discourage such conduct in the future. If you have been involved in a car accident with someone driving drunk, contact a car accident lawyer who can help you hold the driver legally and financially responsible for your injuries and other damages. If a loved one has been killed by an accident involving a drunk driver, contact a wrongful death lawyer. Although money can't bring your family member back, it may prevent the person responsible from driving drunk in the future. Don't let drunk drivers get away with endangering the lives of other; get the compensation you deserve by holding the driver accountable for driving while drunk.
Drunk driving has profound affects not only on those injured in the accident, but also on the driver. Causing an accident while driving drunk can result in serious, long-lasting legal consequences. In addition to settlement claims by injured parties, a drunk driver who causes an accident faces a number of legal charges, depending on the severity of the accident. At the very least, these include an arrest for DUI, which can come with fines, license suspension, and a range of other penalties. Other charges could include wrongful death, reckless driving, and an array of other criminal charges stemming from driving drunk and the resulting accident, all of which will require the help of a DUI lawyer or criminal defense attorney. In addition to legal consequences, the driver will also have to live with more personal effects, such as the guilt of recklessly destroying the lives of other people. Protect yourself and others from drunk driving accidents by never drinking and driving.