Let’s say you’re driving your children to work one morning. It’s 7:30 a.m., you’re on time and feeling great about the day ahead. However, the motorist in front of you spent the entire night partying. He is completely drunk and should not be on the road. In his drunkenness, he slams into the car in front of him and you slam into him.
Unfortunately, situations like this are all too common in Virginia Beach, and they can result in serious injuries to the drivers and passengers involved. Even though drunk driving is illegal and taxis and services like Uber are available to take inebriated individuals home safely, numerous individuals still take to the road while intoxicated every day of the week.
While most drunk drivers make it home safely, some of them end up causing serious car accidents that can result in injuries and death. In fact, a drunk driver is much more likely to cause a serious accident than a sober driver. This is why there are stiff laws against drunk driving. When those laws are broken, drunk drivers can be punished with jail time, license suspension and other penalties.
Regardless of the criminal consequences, people who are hurt by drunk drivers can pursue financial claims against the drunk drivers in civil court. They can seek money to pay for medical care,lost income, impact on their quality of life, loss of companionship, disabilities, pain and suffering, legal fees and more. At the Dickerson and Smith Law Group, we help injured parties pursue these kinds of claims against drunk drivers.