Drinking and driving remains a top safety issue throughout the United States and unfortunately, Pennsylvania is no exception.
In 2016, the Commonwealth reported more than 10,250 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in nearly 300 deaths, which accounts for approximately 25 percent of all traffic deaths that year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
One of the saddest things about drunk driving accidents is they are entirely preventable. Drivers who choose to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle can't say they weren't aware of the potential consequences. Pennsylvania law allows drunk drivers to be prosecuted in criminal court, and be sued by their victims (or sometimes the victim's family) in civil court.
Car accident victims who file a lawsuit against the negligent driver may be entitled to compensation for a wide range of damages, including:
- Related medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life and loss of enjoyment of life
In cases where the defendant's conduct was particularly egregious, plaintiffs may eligible for a rarely-awarded category of compensation known as punitive damages. Obtaining a copy of the police accident report, as well as working closely with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, can help accident victims built a strong case.
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Drinking and driving can have deadly outcomes, and safety agencies have spent decades—in addition to millions of dollars—conveying this message to the American public. As a result, intoxicated drivers can hardly say they weren't aware of the potential for injury or death.
If you were seriously injured or sustained significant property damage in an accident caused by a drink driver, it's important to understand your legal rights and options. The knowledgeable car accident attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can provide a free review of your case. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.