Connecticut Drunk Driving Accident Victim Lawyers
Eagan, Donohue, Van Dyke & Falsey, LLP’s Connecticut drunk driving accident victim lawyers have handled numerous wrongful death matters and injury claims arising from accidents involving drivers who are under the influence while operating a motor vehicle.
Drunk driving accidents have plagued the country from the earliest days of the Model T cars. New drivers were unaware of how drastically inebriation affected their ability to operate a motor vehicle, and it was only after decades of severe accidents and fatalities that the country as a whole decided that there should be laws in place to protect drivers from other drunk drivers on the road. Every state has since implemented similar drunk driving laws which hold drunk drivers criminally responsible for their actions. However, if you are the victim of a drunk driving accident, you can additionally turn to civil court for further remedies based on your injuries.
Connecticut Drunk Driving Laws
Drivers who have caused an accident by driving drunk face harsh criminal penalties that include potential jail time, high fines, and loss of their driver’s license. However, as a victim of a drunk driving accident, you can also seek damages in civil court based on your injuries. Civil court offers a lower burden of proof, and since you do not have to prove the driver was inebriated at the time of the accident, it is easier to receive a successful verdict in civil court. In civil court you will only have to prove that the other driver was responsible for any injuries you suffered in the accident
Drivers who drive under the influence frequently walk away with minimal injuries, but often inflict severe injuries on anyone who they hit while driving. Accidents can be quite severe depending on the circumstances. Drunk drivers often ignore all traffic laws and frequently drive on the wrong side of the road at high rates of speed and therefore can cause severe injuries which can require lifelong care. If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, you are entitled to seek the following in damages:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Loss of consortium (if your spouse or family member was killed in the accident)
Eagan, Donohue, Van Dyke & Falsey, LLP | West Hartford, Connecticut Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one were the victim of a drunk driving accident, you understand the severe devastation an accident can have on your life. Drunk driving accidents are terrifying because you often do not see them coming and frequently involve erratic drivers or drivers who are barreling the wrong way down a one-way street. They are often unavoidable and can cause life-altering injuries. The Connecticut drunk driving accident victim lawyers of Eagan, Donohue, Van Dyke & Falsey, LLP understand the pain you are going through after surviving a drunk driving accident. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive compensation for your injuries from the responsible driver. We have traffic laws in place for a reason and that is to protect citizens of the state. When a drunk driver violates many of these laws, they must answer to criminal court judges as well as to their victims in civil court. Contact our West Hartford office today for your initial free consultation.