It’s a person’s individual choice whether they want to abuse alcohol in a situation where it only impacts their own life. However, whenever a person gets behind the wheel, they essentially have other people’s lives and livelihoods in their own hands. Therefore, a person should only drive when they are sober, alert and in a good frame of mind so that they can drive to the best of their ability.
Unfortunately, not everyone is responsible and clear-headed enough to put these principles into action. It’s a sad and deeply concerning fact that there are drunk drivers on the roads all of the time, and the alcohol in their blood means that they have significantly impaired judgment and slower response times, making a collision much more likely.
If you have been involved in a car accident and you believe that the other driver was intoxicated at the time, it is likely that their actions contributed to the accident. If this is the case, you will be able to take action to seek damages. The following is an overview of how to get justice after being injured by a drunk driver.
Show all the elements of negligence
To be successful in proving fault, you’ll need to show that the other driver was negligent. This means that you will not only need to show that they breached their duty to drive safely by driving intoxicated, but that their intoxication led to the causation of the accident and the damages you suffered. In other words, you will need to show that if the other driver had not been intoxicated, you would not have suffered the damages that you did.
If you are successful, you should be able to gain back damages for the property damage caused, as well as for the cost of medical treatment. You should also be able to gain compensation for the pain and suffering caused.
If you have been involved in a car accident involving a drunk driver, make sure that you take action to gain the damages that you deserve.