Driving after drinking can keep a driver from following road safety laws, focusing on the road, appropriately managing their speed, or being able to quickly respond to changes in traffic conditions. Any of these behaviors could lead a driver to cause a car crash that could seriously injure or kill another person. Even one drink can impact a person, and as such, a driver is considered drunk if he or she has a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Ramsey Law Group believes there are always safer alternatives to drunk driving and encourages anyone who has been drinking to get a ride from a sober driver. If someone does cause an accident if they chose to drive while drunk, they should be held liable for any personal injury they cause.
Drunk drivers are much more likely to cause injury or death than sober drivers. These accidents can cause severe and lasting injuries that may require medical attention for the victim’s lifetime. If it is proven that the driver in an accident was drunk, depending on the details of the case, the injured party has the legal right to sue for compensation for medical bills, ongoing and future treatments, lost income, and pain and suffering. If the drunk driving accident was fatal, family members may bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver.
Police reports, including the results of field sobriety tests, as well as medical records if the driver was taken to the hospital, can be used to determine drunk driving. Eyewitness testimony and hospital reports as to the severity of the victim’s injuries will also provide evidence to build the case. Ramsey Law Group has helped numerous victims and their families hold drunk drivers accountable and collected compensation for the accidents. We also lobby hard to make sure the driver is not allowed a license in the future if they have been caught drunk driving several times. We take pride in not only helping our clients while they focus on healing, but also in doing our part to keep our roads safer.