Drunk drivers can cause untold amounts of damage to victims and their families harmed in a drunk driving accident. Unfortunately, drunk driving is a leading cause of car accidents and car accident-related injuries and fatalities. In Oklahoma, 30 percent of traffic fatalities are related to drunk driving. Each drunk driving accident has the potential to unexpectedly up-end the lives of victims and their families and can have permanent and lasting consequences for the futures of victims and their families.
Though there are often criminal consequences for drunk driving, there may also be civil consequences related to compensating victims and their families for the tremendous losses suffered in a drunk driving accident. Victims and their families may face a variety of unexpected challenges following a drunk driving accident including physical, financial and emotional damages for which they need compensation.
Facing the physical, financial and emotional challenges associated with a drunk driving accident can be difficult enough even without also having to work with insurance companies commonly involved in compensating victims and their families for harm suffered in a drunk driving accident. A personal injury or wrongful death claim can help victims recover compensation for their losses and damages suffered in a drunk driving accident. Victims may be able to recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Damages may also be available to surviving family members who lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident.
It is important to hold a drunk driver accountable for the harm they have caused to victims and their families. Their liability may extend to compensating accident victims and their families for the damages they have suffered following a drunk driving accident.