Do you need an attorney for victims of drunk drivers?
It happens all too often. You’re driving safely down the road, obeying the speed limit. Your seatbelt is on and your eyes are on the road. You are doing everything you’re supposed to be doing, when suddenly an oncoming car swerves into your lane and hits yours head-on. You later learn that the other driver was drunk. You did everything right, but now you are the one suffering for his or her poor decision. The inexcusable decision to get behind the wheel intoxicated.
I’ve been there too many times. In hospital rooms. Standing beside people trying to put their lives back together.
How Many People Have Been Killed by Drunk drivers in Connecticut?
Drunk driving ruins lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunk driving is a serious problem in Connecticut. Here, over two percent of drivers report driving after drinking too much compared to only 1.9% nationally. Nearly forty percent of traffic fatalities in Connecticut involve a driver with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is considered legally alcohol-impaired. One-thousand thirty-nine people were killed by drunk drivers in Connecticut between 2003 and 2012. That’s 1,039 mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who never made it home. Many more people are permanently injured.
Drunk driving is far too common in Connecticut.
How can we change these troubling statistics?
First and foremost, we can make the choice to drive responsibly. We can offer to serve as a designated driver or refrain from drinking when we know we will be driving home. Aside from this, Connecticut law provides for tough penalties for drunk drivers, but it’s often up to juries to enforce those laws—particularly on the civil side.
Drunk driving is per se reckless driving under Connecticut law. Any person who drives recklessly is liable for double or treble damages in a civil action. When a jury in a civil case involving a drunk driver finds that driver liable to an injured party for double or treble damages, this sends a very strong message to the community that drunk driving will not be tolerated in our state. Double or treble damages are two or three times the amount a jury awards a victim of drunk driving. This is a powerful way that we as citizens can change Connecticut for the better.
Our laws only mean something if juries hold wrongdoers accountable. Not doing so is rewarding bad conduct. And we know that bad conduct rewarded is bad conduct repeated. For many victims, it’s about a lot more than money.
What can an attorney for victims of drunk drivers do?
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, know that we understand how your life can change in an instant through no fault of your own. If you or someone you know needs legal support through this kind of problem, please contact us for a free consultation. We fight to get you recover fully for your economic and non-economic losses.
Victims of drunk drivers need a lawyer who understands. They need a lawyer who will fight for them. One who will fight for them both in civil and criminal courts. I’d like that chance to be the lawyer for you or your family.
Only an experienced Connecticut Personal Injury attorney can help you make this decision.
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