The number of alcohol-related traffic accidents in the United States is overwhelming, and continues to account for thousands upon thousands of deaths and injuries. In fact, according to the National Commission Against Drunk Driving (NCADD), close to 13,000 individuals die annually, and additional 250,000 individuals are injured as a result of people driving under the influence of alcohol. Because of the sheer amount of alcohol-related traffic accidents, the amount of civil and criminal lawsuits filed against drunk drivers is substantial.
Despite the statistics and warning, people continue to drink and drive. Per the NCADD, up to 25% of Americans admit to driving after consuming an alcoholic beverage. Since there are well over 160 million drivers in the nation, at least 40 millions of those claim to drive after drinking. However, since many instances of drunk driving go without being noticed, this number could be even higher. The risk of driving drunk causes injuries such as brain trauma, broken bones, shattered spinal cords, burns, torn ligaments, and even death to thousands of victims each year.
A drunk driver can be arrested and will face criminal charges. However, the only options victims or loved ones of a deceased victim can recover damages is by filing a civil lawsuit. While many may think that a victim can file against a drunk driver during the criminal trial, this is typically not the case. In a civil lawsuit, however, the victim can file for damages including lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, emotional stress, and more.
If you’ve been a victim of a drunk driving accident, it’s important to understand your rights. An experienced drunk driving attorney will able to guide you through the legal process and help you recover damages. Our leading drunk driving lawyers at Ledger & Associates are here to help you. Give us a call and let us help you get win what you rightfully deserve.