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What protections are available to victims of drunk drivers?

If you or a family member has been injured or otherwise harmed by a drunk driver, you may wonder what legal protections are available to you. A variety of resources are available to any victim of a car accident negligently caused by another driver, including a drunk driver. Legal options can help victims of drunk driving accidents recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages oftentimes suffered in a drunk driving accident.

Millions of American share the roadways every day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 2.3 million victims were injured in car accidents during 2012. Drivers are required to act with reasonable care to ensure the safety of others sharing the roadways. When drivers fail to act with reasonable care, they may be considered negligent and held responsible for the harm they cause in a car accident.

A violation of state laws, such as driving while intoxicated, can be used as evidence to establish a driver was negligent in causing a drunk driving accident. Car accidents can be traumatic and may also involve a variety of different parties and many factual and legal considerations. What is important is that victims of a drunk driving accident receive the compensation they need for the damages they have suffered so they can focus on the recovery process.

The personal injury legal process can help victims of drunk driving accidents recover compensation for the damages they have suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages and other damages such as pain and suffering damages. It is always helpful for victims to be familiar with the legal rights and protections available to help them when needed.

Source:, "Get Legal Help with a Motor Vehicle Accident," Accessed Dec. 20, 2016

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