Drunk driving accident victims have legal rights

Just recently, this Baton Rouge personal injury legal blog discussed the very serious topic of drinking and driving. The post offered a brief overview of the many ways that alcohol may impact a person's ability to drive, from the way it may dull their reflexes and reaction time to the manner in which it inhibits their decision-making processes.

Alcohol affects different drivers in different ways, but the potential for harm that may result when an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel of a car has pushed legislators to criminalize the act in jurisdictions across the nation. However, criminal sanctions for drinking and driving are not the only legal issues that a person may confront if they cause a drunk driving crash. Their victims may also have rights to sue them in civil court for the recovery of their accident-related losses.

The victim of a drunk driving accident may be able to recover their medical costs and lost wages. They may be compensated for the losses of companionship and enjoyment they suffer when they cannot engage with their family members as they were able to prior to their incident. A range of damages, including punitive damages in some cases, are available to individuals whose lives are thrown into turmoil by the reckless conduct of intoxicated drivers.

The Lucky Law Firm sincerely hopes that its clients and the readers of its legal blog have a happy and safe New Year. It reminds them, however, that the firm offers representation to individuals who suffer harm in drunk driving accidents and advocates for their legal rights to fight for the compensation that they deserve.

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