Legal protections are available to victims of drunk driving accidents. In a Northern Florida community, a 39-year-old man was recently arrested following a drunk driving accident that left several victims injured. The man is facing DUI charges, as well as other charges. According to reports, the two vehicles involved were travelling in opposite directions when the victim’s vehicle initiated a left-hand turn and the vehicle driven by the drunk driver collided with it. The drunk driver ran from the scene of the accident.
Following the drunk driving accident, four victims in the car that was hit were taken to local hospitals for medical treatment of their injuries, some of them serious. The drunk driver is facing charges including violation of right of way; DUI with serious bodily injury to another; several charges related to fleeing the scene of an accident; as well as several other charges related to resisting arrest and administrative concerns and violations.
In addition to criminal penalties that can hold a drunk driver accountable, a civil claim for damages against a negligent driver, such as a drunk driver, can be helpful to victims of drunk driving accidents. A
victim of a drunk driving accident may soon find themselves in need of help with medical expenses and lost wages following an unexpected drunk driving accident. In addition, they may suffer emotional damage associated with the challenges victims of drunk driving accidents can commonly face.
A personal injury claim for damages could help victims of drunk driving accidents with all of the damages they have suffered, including the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered. Because of the significant, and potentially lasting, impacts of a drunk driving accident on unsuspecting victims on the roadways, it is essential for victims to be familiar with the legal protections available to help them.
Source: WTXL.com, “Man charged with DUI, hit-and-run in two-car accident,” April 29, 2018